How Does The Criminal Justice System Work?

Criminal justice system is meant to control crime and prosecute those who violate laws. Asking yourself how does the criminal system work? Well, a case begins with:

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  • investigation of the crime by the law enforcement officers
  • gathering evidence to identify the perpetrator and use it against them
  • making an arrest
  • examination of the evidences by the court and determining whether the defendant is guilty or not
  • if guilty, the convicted party will go to prison or receive probation.

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Does the Surviving Boston Marathon Bomber Suspect Have to be Read Miranda Rights?!

In a recent article posted on the CNN website entitled: What are the Boston suspect’s legal rights?, was reported that Dzhokar Tsarnaev, the 19 year old Boston Marathon bombing suspect was put into prison Friday night.

Acoording to authorities, Dzhokar Tsarnaev was not read his Miranda rights when he was arrested. Miranda rights (also the Miranda Warning) is defined by Wikipedia as a warning given by police in the United States to criminal suspects in police custody (or in a custodial interrogation) before they are interrogated to preserve the admissibility of their statements against them in criminal proceedings.

The exact wording of the “Miranda Rights” statement is not specified in the Supreme Court’s historic decision. Instead, law enforcement agencies have created a basic set of simple statements that can be read to accused persons prior to any questioning:

- You have the right to remain silent;

- Anything you say can be used against you in a court;

- You have the right to have an attorney present now and during any future questioning;

- If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed to you free of charge if you wish.

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