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Pastimes : Michael Slager, what's the truth?

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To: LindyBill who wrote (135)5/2/2017 9:29:55 PM
From: Sdgla   of 142
 
Found this when searching " a single federal civil rights charge"

Civil cases are usually heard by a judge, but occasionally a jury will decide the case. Both criminal and civil cases can be resolved without a trial where both sides agree and with the concurrence of the judge; this is done by a plea agreement in a criminal case and by a consent decree in a civil suit. In criminal cases, judges must use the Federal Sentencing Guidelines in determining the defendant's punishment, whereas judges in civil suits may or may not adopt remedies as recommended by the government when it wins.


CRIMINAL CIVIL
Who is charged: Accused person Usually an organization
Standard of proof:Beyond a reasonable doubt Preponderance of evidence
Fact finder: Jury Judge
Victim:Identified individuals Individuals and/or representatives of a group or class
Remedy sought:Prison, fine, restitution, community service Correct policies and practices, relief for individuals
Govt's right to appeal:Very limited Yes


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