DQ Who does and should the Law Protect the Victim, the Accuser or Both

DQ Who does and should the Law Protect the Victim, the Accuser or Both

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Who does and should the Law Protect the Victim, the Accuser or Both? By: Your Name Goes Here The Magna Carta (1215), the Petition of Right (1628), and the English Bill of Rights (1689) all these documents encompassed the principles of restricted government and the regulation of law, which all were bound to obey. For instance, Section 39 of the Magna Carta said that no “freeman” could be put in prison except “by the lawful judgment of peers or the law of the land.” This was the beginning of due process of law and rights for individuals accused of crimes (Britannica Concise Encyclopedia). Due process is the policy that it is the government’s obligation to comply with all of the legal rights that are owed to a person according to the law. Due process confines the government submissive to the law of the land, defending individual persons from the state. It is a system in which the accused is innocent until proven guilty. Consequently, the burden of proof is on the government, and guilt must be proven beyond all reasonable doubt (Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia). This is critical, because without due process and the rights of the accused no citizen would be able to get a fair trial. It is hard enough trying to get a fair trial with all the media coverage and reporters hanging around courtrooms like leaches. “In law, the rights and privileges of a person accused of a crime in most modern legal systems
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This note was uploaded on 09/20/2010 for the course ANM 8739 taught by Professor Morgan during the Spring '10 term at Alabama A&M University.

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DQ Who does and should the Law Protect the Victim, the Accuser or Both

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