ADJ 235 - Week 5 - DQ 2

ADJ 235 - Week 5 - DQ 2 - presents bias is the question of...

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Week 5 - DQ #2 I don not think a judge can be completely unbiased with every case. Just because he or she is a judge he or she still may have a slightly prejudice opinion when sentencing a defendant. For example a man has been convicted of a sex crime against a 4 year old child; the judge has the options to sentence the man to the minimum, the maximum or a sentence in-between; who is to say the judge’s personal prejudice did not influence him or her to sentence the defendant to the maximum sentence. If the judge gives prejudicial comments to the media concerning the case prior to the trial, then one might assume the judge will be biased against the defendant. One ethical issue that can arrive when a judge
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Unformatted text preview: presents bias is the question of whether the defendant received a fair sentencing. If the judge is biased he or she may be showing favoritism to the attorney of his or her choosing and the rulings, objections, and instructions may favor the attorney and make matters worse for the defendant on trial. A judge that is biased may raise the ethical issue of whether he or she gave proper instruction to the jury. A judge that is biased may be more likely to engage in unethical behaviors than a judge that knows how to put his or her personal prejudice to the side....
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This note was uploaded on 09/13/2011 for the course ADJ 235 taught by Professor Bill during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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