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Crosscurrent Hunt

Read the Crosscurrents in Chapter 10 carefully, noting how they illustrate issues covered in the chapter.

  • “Trial by Fire” examines the federal prosecution of a man accused of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

  • “Letting the Judge Decide” looks at the circumstances of the bench trial of some police officers accused of manslaughter.

  • “Where to Try a Sniper?” discusses the trial of two men accused of sniper attacks in 2002.

Find items that exemplify, explain, or even appear to contradict topics from Chapter 10. Write short summaries of these items in the spaces provided. If possible, find one local item and one national item. Suggested topics are listed below.

Plea bargaining Sentencing
Elements of the trial Indeterminate sentences
Evidence Determinate sentences
Victims' rights Mandatory minimum sentences


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