If you have spent time watching TV or going to the movies, you are aware that criminal justice occupies a unique place in popular culture. The way criminal justice works has traditionally been a popular plot of many serious and comedy movies and TV shows about law and order, giving the viewer a look into the lives and work of law enforcement officials, the rituals of a criminal trial, and the benind-the-scenes life of law firms. How accurate is this depiction? Tune in on September 24 at 6 pm MSK to an online talk by Todd A. Berger, Associate Professor of Law at Syracuse University College of Law, to find out.
The presentation "Introduction to American Criminal Justice System" provides an overview of American criminal procedure, from the moment of arrest through sentencing and appeal, and serves as a thumbnail sketch of the stages of the criminal procedure in the US and the 200 years of constitutional history behind it. These topics are presented by following a hypothetical defendant through each stage of the American criminal justice system from bail to jail, and beyond. We will discuss each stage of the criminal justice process, explain its importance in the context of prosecuting crime in the United States, and further explore the rights of the criminal defendant at each step along the way. Discussion topics include, the filing of a formal complaint, grand jury indictments, pretrial motions, the right to discovery of evidence, plea bargaining, the right to a jury trial, the requirement of proof beyond a reasonable doubt, sentencing and post-conviction relief.
The lecture will be interesting to undergraduate and graduate students and scholars in law, history, international relations, and American Studies. It will also be interesting to the general public whod like to understand how different institutions and processes make up the fabric of the US.
About the presenter: Todd A. Berger is Associate Professor of Law and Director of Advocacy Programs at Syracuse University College of Law. His scholarship is concentrated in the areas of criminal law and procedure, as well as the intersection of trial advocacy and attorney ethics. In recognition of his excellence in teaching, Berger received Syracuse University’s Meredith Teaching Recognition Award in 2017. He is the author of "Investigative Criminal Procedure in Focus" (Aspen Casebook Series) (2020).
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