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Social Studies Vocab


Criminal Case The government has the burden of proving the defendant's guilt Government vs. Accused Criminal
Civil Case A plaintiff generally has the burden of proving his or her case. Citizen vs. Citizen
Felony A serious crime, usually punishable by at least one year in prison
Misdemeanor An offense punishable by one year of imprisonment or less
Sentence The punishment ordered by a court for a defendant convicted of a crime
Community service The court imposes that an individual to work, without pay, for a civic or nonprofit organization
Immaterial Physical evidence which does not influence in any way the subject matter under consideration
Irrelevant The testimony being told is not related to case
Leading Question The method of questioning by which a person is directed to answer them in the way expected by the questioner
Objection It refers to disagreement of the judgement or specific course of action by court
Overrule Judge does not agree with the objection
Sustain Judge agrees with the objection
Cross-examine Ask the other side witness' questions
Speculation Guessing, do not know for a fact
Hearsay Evidence presented by a witness who did not see/hear the incident but heard about it from someone else
Affidavit A written or printed statement made under oath; your story as to what happened
Non-responsive Answer When a witness does not answer the question that was asked
Created by: cashman.zachary