Global View - Understanding a Trial (C0204)

Lawyer:  Your honor, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, My client, Robert Malone, has been accused of a crime he did not commit. The prosecution has accused my client of being a pickpocket! I know we have heard the testimony of many people here today, …. people who claim the defendant, my client, stole their wallets. I feel sorry for these victims, I really do……… but my client is innocent!
Lawyer:  Let’s look at the facts… one: These 'so-called' witnesses did not actually see the defendant steal anything………. two: When the police stopped him, he did not have any of the stolen wallets. There is no evidence.
Lawyer:  Therefore, Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, I ask you to think carefully before giving your verdict. My client is innocent!
Judge:  Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, have you reached a verdict?
Jury member:  Yes, your honor. our verdict is……not guilty!
Robert:  Thank you so much! You were great! Thank you for all your hard work!
Lawyer:  You’re welcome Robert! I knew you were innocent so my job was easy. Take care of yourself, okay?
Robert:  Thanks once again...
Lawyer:  Hey! Where’s my wallet?

Key Vocabulary

reach a verdictsucceed in making the finding of a jury in a trial
guiltyresponsible for doing something bad
your honora respectful title used to or of certain judges
jurya body of persons sworn to judge
accuse ofto charge someone with a crime
committo do something (usually a crime)
prosecutionthe lawyers against the defendant
pickpocketone who steals from pockets
testimonya declaration of truth or fact
defendantthe person being sued or accused
victimpeople affected by a painful or sad experience
innocentnot guilty
so-calledrefer to something that is not suitable
evidencesomething that shows the thing is true
witnessone who is called on to testify before a court

Supplementary Vocabulary

AcquittalA jury verdict that a criminal defendant is not guilty, or the finding of a judge that the evidence is insufficient to support a conviction.
AffidavitA written or printed statement made under oath.
LawsuitA legal action started by a plaintiff against a defendant based on a complaint that the defendant failed to perform a legal duty which resulted in harm to the plaintiff.
PleaIn a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges.
WarrantCourt authorization, most often for law enforcement officers, to conduct a search or make an arrest.

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