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Bell Ringer: The Role of Prosecutors in Criminal Cases

Justice Sotomayor on the Role of Prosecutors

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor described her experiences as a prosecutor and the role of prosecutors and defense attorneys in criminal cases.

Description

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor described her experiences as a prosecutor and the role of prosecutors and defense attorneys in criminal cases.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • According to Justice Sotomayor, what role does a prosecutor play in criminal cases?
  • Based on Justice Sotomayor’s experiences, what tools can prosecutors use in criminal cases?
  • Who does the prosecutor represent? Who does the defense attorney represent?
  • What do you think Justice Sotomayor means when she says, “both prosecutors and defense attorneys are serving justice”?

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Conviction
    • Defense Attorney
    • Dismissal
    • Guilty Beyond A Reasonable Doubt
    • Plea Bargain
    • Prosecutor
    • Trial

    Topics

    Criminal Law & Justice

    Grades

    Middle SchoolHigh SchoolUniversity