Direct Appeals In The Criminal Justice System

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When a person is convicted of a crime and sentenced to death by the jury, the process is long from over. If an inmate ever wants the chance to get out of prison they must complete one or all three of the appeal process. In the first stage of the system, once a person receives capital punishment a direct appeal is automatically filed with the State Appellate Court, or Federal Courts depending on the type of convictions. Usually in the direct appeal the defense attorneys and prosecutors file a variety of arguments and briefs. They are presented to a panel of judges, which will decide to affirm the sentence and conviction, reverse the conviction, or reverse the sentence. If the panel decides to leave the current conviction and sentence, then

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