Short Story

A man is arrested for killing another man. Although he was arrested, he can leave temporarily on bail, which is a sum of money paid that guarantees the person will show up for court. At court, the Grand Jury formally charges him with a crime, which is known as indictment, and states that he has committed a felony. The man has the right to a Public Defender. Then starts the arraignment, which is when the he, the defendant, is called before the judge to answer the indictment. This is also where he can enter a plea bargain, which is when he pleads guilty to a crime in order to lessen his sentence. The Petit Jury is responsible for determining whether he is innocent or guilty. The court will also order witnesses to appear and testify which is called being subpoenaed. If the witnesses do not come, they could be fined or jailed. Since the man committed a crime in the state, the prosecution is represented by the state. If the man lies under oath, it is known as perjury. The final verdict was that the man was convicted of the crime. He tried to appeal, but he wasn't able to.