7:00 PM - Washington Week with Gwen Ifill
Episode: Court, Trial and Sentencing
According to prime-time television, criminals are brought to justice in a speedy and efficient yet drama-filled manner. In reality, the process can be slow and meticulous, as rules must be followed to safeguard the defendant’s constitutional rights. This program provides a solid grounding in the processes and players involved in the court system and takes viewers step by step through a trial and sentencing. Legal experts explain probable cause, plea bargaining, the types of witness testimony that might be challenged, and other key elements, including how juvenile offenders are dealt with.
Length:32 minutes 22 seconds