Anatomy of a Criminal Trial

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Appeals

In criminal cases, only the defendant may appeal to a higher court in most states (appeals by the prosecution following a verdict are typically not permitted because of the prohibition in the U. S. Constitution against "double jeopardy," or being tried twice for the same crime.) Appeals are not re-trials of a case, but rather are based on arguments that there were errors in the trial’s procedure or errors in the judge's interpretation of the law, writes the ABA. (Photo: Charley Gallay/Getty Images)

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