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June 2016 Archives

Advantages of a plea bargain for judges and prosecutors

The term "plea bargain" may be familiar to many New Jersey residents, but they may not know why it is an option that prosecutors and judges like. A plea bargain helps them fulfill the obligation of the legal system to process cases in an efficient manner. Both judges and prosecutors have busy trial calendars, and a plea bargain means that a case does not go to court. For both professionals, a plea bargain also allows them to deal with lesser criminal offense and keep both prisons and courtrooms open for more serious cases.

Establishing criminal liability

When a New Jersey criminal case is being heard, whether a defendant is held to be responsible could hinge on his or her mental state when the act was committed. To prove that a crime occurred, it must generally be shown that there was intent to commit a crime and that an action taken couldn't be seen as careless as opposed to criminal.

Former priest indicted for alleged sexual assault of minor

A former Catholic priest in New Jersey who admitted to a news source that he had sexually assaulted a 15-year-old boy was indicted by a grand jury on May 25 for the act. The incident allegedly happened in 2003, and the ex-priest is believed to now live somewhere in Ecuador, his native country.

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