Can you share what happened? Who gets called to the stand first, vistim, defendent? WHo decides the verdict, judge or jury? Can the defendent refuse to take the stand? Also, what are guidelines about minors taking the stand. I'm sure this varys by state, I'm in Iowa.
If you have ever been through this, please help me out by sharing your story. Were you the victim, a witness, or was a man you know accused of something? I'm also wondering, was helps decide the verdict? What evidence matters most? (There was no bruising. I have never been through a criminal trial before and am nervous. Also my 14 y.o. son was assaulted and he may have to speak.
Answer by Jess288 at 7:45 PM on Apr. 3, 2009