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Paper Topic:

criminal justice

Criminal Justice

The first case presented is a criminal case involving the arrest prosecution , and conviction of a man for selling twenty-dollar worth of heroin . The man 's conviction was based on in-court identification of the agent using a single picture as evidence against the man . As I analyze the case , there were some important issues that were overlooked by the court . First , it was the first time that Glass had seen the defendant and it took two days more before he viewed the picture . Second , Glass in-court identification of the defendant

was based on a single picture of the man he has seen only for the first time

According to the article published by Cavendish Publishing Staff , the weight of an item of evidence refers to the extent to which that item makes a proposition more or less probable (p . 1 . The article explains that relevance that gets an item of evidence onto the scale in the first place , but it is weight that governs the position that it takes there (p . 1 . In the case above , the weight of the evidence presented seems to be light on the ground that agent Glass had never seen the man before and he identified him based only on a single picture which he has viewed two days after he met the man . The item of evidence is questionable because the time interval and the lone picture do not really provide clear evidence enough to convict the man . Further more the picture did not specify if it was taken on act of handing the drugs to Glass . Granting that Glass has a good memory and he recalled everything about the man 's appearance , even so , the burden of proof which wrest on prosecution still needs to be satisfied . The Article cited that the burden of proof rest on a party in relation to a particular issue of fact in a civil or criminal case and which must be discharged or satisfied (p . 37 . The procedure employed by the officers clearly did not satisfy the burden of proof and the weight of the evidence presented was not really sufficient to merit conviction The court has rendered a biased decision in favor of the officers . Thus the defense lawyers appealed the case to the US Supreme Court

Should the in-court identification be allowed

I don 't see any reason not to allow in-court identification but the court must allow the necessary trial procedure to flow freely and should not be altered by technicalities which are often lawyers ' ill strategy to monopolize the case . In- court identification should be allowed as one of the procedure necessary in establishing the merit of the case The Cavendish Publishing Staff article noted that identification of a defendant for the first time when he is in dock of trial is to be avoided (p . 72 , but it cited that in the case Barnes v Chief Constable Durham the Divisional Court acknowledge that such evidence was acceptable in magistrates ' courts...

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