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Do you agree or disagree? a jury has access to the defendant's past record


cathyliu 19 / 54  
Feb 14, 2010   #1
Under British and Australian laws a jury in a criminal case has no access to information about the defendant's past criminal record. This protects the person who is being accused of the crime.

Some layers have suggested that this practice should be changed and that a jury should be given all the past facts before they reach their decision about the case.

Do you agree or disagree? Give reasons for your answer.


The debate about whether a jury should be authorized a concession to fetch the defendant's past record has been last for a long time. Some people who are against for it argue that it offends one's privacy and affect the judgement of jury. While others (who are for it) believe it is helpful for the court to judge fairly. Personally, I tend to support the attitude that the jury should have access to a defendant's past record.

The most important reason is that I do think it is helpful for the court to judge correctly. No one can deny such a fact that an individual's behaviour will be under the control of his or her characteristics and personality. It is obviously an effective approach for the jury to get the conclusion rapidly and correctly by comparing a defendant's behaviour with the crime in the case, and by check one's past criminal records undoubtedly the jury can abstract the personal information such as habits and acts which are beneficial for the jury to analyse one's personality and behaviour.

Secondly, as for the reason that it influences the judger's judgement proposed by the opponents, it is a conclusion worth of rethinking. Owing to a judgement result is made by the jury ultimately, so it is the jury's responsibility to make an objective judgement, but not the past record's responsibility. In other words, a jury should analyse a defendant's past material objectively. If he could not, then, it is him or other things should be responsible for the case.

In conclusion, I stand for the opinion that the jury should be authorized to fetch the defendant's materials freely, of course, with the prerequisite that they will never leak the individual's any information.

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usalma2002 9 / 21  
Feb 14, 2010   #2
It is an excellent essay. Paragraphing and arguments are well organized, range of vocabulary are impressive too.
Chillkindacat 1 / 8  
Feb 15, 2010   #3
In conclusion, I stand for the opinion that the jury should be authorized to fetch the defendant's materials freely, of course, with the prerequisite that they will never leak the individual's any information .

Or maybe --- leak any of the individual's information--? Depending on if you need a word count.
EF_Kevin 8 / 13,364 129  
Feb 16, 2010   #4
argue that it offends one's privacy and affects the judgement of jury.

While others (who are for it) believe it is helpful for the court to judge fairly. ---- the way you are using "while," it should be part of the previous sentence:

argue that it offends one's privacy and affects the judgement of jury, while others (who are for it) believe it is helpful for the court to judge fairly.

You write that the jury is responsible for judging objectively, and that is true. Objectivity is the goal. That's why the defendants criminal record should not be disclosed. All it can do is cause people to make assumptions. Disclose al the records, and the jury will not be looking for proof of guilt, just using their own intuition. If someone can be proven guilty, it is not necessary to show the past record. But if the past record is taken into consideration, the jury can reach a guilty verdict without proof.

If someone with a clea record murders me and frames you for it, and you have some crimes in your past, you are going down, and the murderer is going free! :-) So, I challenge your argument! Good writing, though...
linmark 2 / 328 7  
Feb 17, 2010   #5
These mistakes should be cleaned up:

concession to fetch the defendant's past record has been AROUND last for a long time. Some people who are against for it argue

reason is that I do think it HELPSis helpful for the court to judge correctly

or BE BETTER INFORMED TO JUDGE

and by checkING one's past criminal records, undoubtedly

Secondly, as for the reason that it influences the judger's judgement proposed by the opponents, it is a conclusion worth of rethinking. Owing to a judgement result is made by the jury ultimately, soit is the jury's responsibility to make an objective judgement, WITHOUT THE BIAS OF PAST RECORDS but not the past record's responsibility . In other words, a jury should analyZe a defendant's past material objectively. If he could not, then, it is him or other things should be responsible for the case.

OTHER THAN THE PART I HIGHLIGHTED IN RED, THE REST OF THE PARAGRAPH IS CONFUSING

the individual's any information.

"ANY" IS NOT AN APPROPRIATE WORD -WHAT DO YOU MEAN?


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