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By: Jessie Lassabe CJS\220 3/28/10 Fiction versus Reality in the Courtroom 1 Fiction versus Reality in the Courtroom
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Fiction versus Reality in the Courtroom 2 Television has shown fictional and reality portrayals of the justice system. The writers have covered almost every aspect of the courtroom. However, the fictional portrayals have seemed to mislead the public on what actually happens in reality. They have accomplished this in several ways. The fictional portrayals have added drama that is only in a normal trial on some occasions. In addition, the fictional portrayals seem to lead people to believe that a trial or case can be solved in at least two hours or less. However I am going to explain the difference in the fictional portrayals versus the reality of the courtroom. Let’s start with the trial process of the reality courtroom. In the real courtroom the trial usually will start with a bench trial. This offers the accused the chance to plead guilty, or not guilty. In addition, this also allows for the prosecutor a chance to make a plea bargain. At this time if their attorney feels they will lose the defendant has a chance to accept a plea bargain. However, the defendant also can plead not guilty so that they may go to trail and have a jury of their peers to decide their fate. However, before the jury trial will actually happen attorneys from both sides must pick a set of twelve jurors. This is done by first mailing out several jury selection letters out to the public. They all come in at a certain time and date and they go through several questions about their morals and ties to this case. If they pass this step then the attorneys from both sides will start to hand pick them out if they meet certain criteria. However each attorney has the power to excuses a potential juror for no reason. As for the fictional portrayals things do not seem to move as slow.
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