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Legislative, executive or judicial decision (identify political parties involved as well as individuals, if you can) Who benefits? and who loses? What will be gained and lost by those in column two? When will the losers and winners be affected? How does the structure of government influence this outcome? New Jersey Supreme Court decision issuing new rules for using witness testimony the public wins, criminals lose The public is safer when more of the real culprits are put behind bars. Convicting innocent people lets the perps still on the loose. Unknown since the NJ Supreme Court only affects NJ, although historically this court’s decisions have been followed by other state courts and the U.S. Supreme Court is taking up the issue in November. Also unlikely to have too much effect unless police departments
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Unformatted text preview: and DA offices are led by chiefs who believe in the new rules. Defendents have been able to seek redress in court because the decision is based on due process in the state constitution as well as the 14 th Amendment to the US Constitution ("No State shall . . . deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law."). Nonetheless, the culture of police and DA offices makes top down change problematic (police and DAs resist change and dont feel they have been doing anything wrong. ..cant admit that faulty witness testimony is the leading cause of putting the wrong people in jail. The overwhelming body of scientific evidence doesnt change peoples minds even when the courts agree with it. Names:...
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This note was uploaded on 10/25/2011 for the course PLSI 200 taught by Professor Schendan during the Spring '08 term at S.F. State.

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