In the scenarios and resulting simulations, Tim Smith, senior criminal lawyer, discusses select cases and 

asks a paralegal to indicate which courts would have exclusive jurisdiction of the cases in question. He 

also discusses various pretrial procedures and illustrates them with select cases. Finally, Tim Smith 

introduces the case of Roland Gary, who served twenty-three (23) years in prison for a crime that he did 

not commit. The case brought to light several key issues, along with the manner in which they were 


Use the Internet to research three real-life cases from the past five (5) years that fit the following criteria:

  Cases that depict the unique processes related to different courts 

  The defendant accepted a plea bargain as an alternative to trial

  The defendant was wrongly accused and later vindicated

Write a three to four (3-4) page paper in which you:

1.  Discuss one (1) real-life criminal case, taken from current events, and identify the court that took 

jurisdiction. Explain why the court that took the case was the appropriate one for the particular 


2.  Discuss the real-life case that you have selected, in which the defendant accepted a plea bargain 

as an alternative to trial. Give your opinion on whether or not justice was served in the case in 

question. Provide a rationale for the response.

3.  Discuss the real-life case that you selected, in which, like Roland Gary, the defendant was 

wrongly accused and later vindicated. Explore one (1) key aspect of the case and examine its 

relation to the case at large. Describe the resolution to the selected case.

4.  Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites 

do not qualify as quality resources. 

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all 

sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your 

professor for any additional instructions.

  Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s 

name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in 

the required assignment page length.

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