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Courtroom testimony;: A policeman's guide

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  • Unknown Binding: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Funk & Wagnalls (1970)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006CK9PI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,986,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The 17 chapters are a guide to being an effective witness in court. While written as "a policeman's guide" it can serve as a tutorial for any citizen who wants to learn more about the legal system. While this is rarely seen in real life by most people it will allow you to understand novels and dramas set in a courtroom. Policemen dominate our system of criminal justice by the number of witnesses and their importance to the public prosecutor (p.1). Yet they do not get an explanation of the strategies that are practiced by lawyers. Training can improve their effectiveness as a witness. The modern police are not part of the judicial system, and this can create tensions due to a lack of legal training. The police work to support the prosecution, a bias for convictions (p.5). Yet the police have a duty to prevent wrongful convictions (p.6). Police forces are localized and differ among towns, counties, and states (p.10). The job of a policeman is to gather the evidence in a form that will support a conviction. There is real evidence (physical objects) and documentary evidence; both must be explained by testimony. This book covers the general subject of courtroom testimony and explains what is needed to improve testimony in court. [This 1970 book may be partly out of date. It is helpful for those who seek more knowledge about court procedures.]

Most Eastern states use a grand jury to indict a suspect, most Western states use a preliminary hearing before a magistrate (p.20). Jury trials are a combat between two sets of skilled lawyers, the jury has to decide whose presentation was better (p.30). Previous convictions are generally excluded from criminal trials (p.31). "Plea bargaining" is wholly illegal (p.33)! A case that goes to trial requires many police hours (p.34).
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