Anatomy of a Criminal Trial

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Judgment and Sentencing

The verdict does not go into effect until the judge enters a judgment on the decision (an order filed into public records). The ABA notes that in in criminal cases, and in most jurisdictions, the judge generally has no authority to modify the verdict, and he or she must accept it or reject it. The judge will then announce a sentencing date if the defendant has been convicted. (Photo: Gary Green/The Orlando Sentinel-Pool/Getty Images)

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