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Nathan Douglas Wente

Nathan Wente’s Legal Guides

7 total

  • 6th Amendment - Right to a Jury Trial

    6th Amendment: In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed The right to a jury trial should be, and was designed by our founders, as one o...

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  • Plea Bargaining: Governmental Extortion

    Plea Bargaining: Governmental Extortion Plea bargaining is the process where a prosecutor comes to an agreement with a defendant to resolve a criminal case. Roughly 90% of all criminal cases resolve through the process of a plea bargain. The plea bargain is a contract of sorts an...

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  • 4th Amendment

    This topic is one that Im passionate about as I deal with it often, the 4th Amendment. It states, The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, bu...

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  • Judicial "Interpretation" or Judicial Creation?

    Judicial Interpretation Fundamental to our structure of government are the 3 branches of government and the doctrine of separation of powers. The legislative branch creates law, the executive branch enforces the law, and the judicial branch applies, and is often called upon to in...

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  • 5th Amendment - Right Against Self-Incrimination

    The right comes from the 5th amendment and it is as follows: ...[No] person shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself... The right is more broadly applicable than it may seem on its face. Clearly, the right provides protection for a person to refus...

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  • Some Due Process

    5th 14th Amendments We are all familiar with the phrases "beyond a reasonable doubt" and "innocent until proven guilty." These are the rights given to all individuals who find themselves, whether rightfully or wrongfully, being charged with a crime. These rights come from the 5t...

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  • 6th Amendment - Right to Counsel

    I want to share a frustrating experience I had recently that will be a good lead-in to this months topic. While observing court I happened to see a woman whose case was on for an arraignment on a misdemeanor (legal terminology will be discussed in a later email for now use Goog...

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