CRIM - 230 Chapter 9.docx - Sam Hines CRIM 230 Chapter 9 Defendants Characters of defendants Compared to the average citizen felony defendants are o

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Sam Hines CRIM 230 Chapter 9 Defendants Characters of defendants Compared to the average citizen, felony defendants are: o Career criminals o Significantly younger o Overwhelmingly male o Mostly underclass o Disproportionately racial minorities o Come from broken homes o Less educated o More likely to be unemployed o Less likely to be married Center of courtroom drama o Poor o Undereducated o Ill-equipped to deal with court o Mental competence Pro se (able to represent yourself)
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o Faretta v. California Victims and Witnesses Traditionally victims and witnesses are lost or forgotten in criminal trials o Large amount of research on defendants, but little research is done on victims or witnesses Frustrations in coping with the process o Trial delays o Long waits o Lost wages o Fear of the defendant and associates o A sense of indifference on the part of criminal justice Travails of Testifying o Witnesses must speak forcefully but not belligerently o Avoid being rattled on cross-examination
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