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The State of Aloha

May 9, 2014
By BEN LOWENTHAL (808stateofaloha@gmail.com) , For The Maui News

In a criminal trial, government prosecutors try to convince a jury that there is evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused committed the charged crime. If the jurors unanimously agree there's enough evidence, they are supposed to find the accused guilty. And after that, the jury is excused. The case goes back to the judge to sentence the accused. In many cases, judges sentence folks to probation. In others, they are sent to prison. But there is one sentence that is completely out of bounds: death.

 
 
 

 

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