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In the United States the judicial system consists of the federal level and the state level. Each court has different jurisdictions over different cases. The court system has the roles of interpreting the law, ensuring due process and regulating disputes. Every state has its own court system and can have as many courts as they desire. The majority of criminal cases are heard in courts of general jurisdiction; both state and federal courts have jurisdiction over felony offenses and more serious civil cases. (Siegel & Worrall, 2013)
In the case of the State of George v De'Marquise Elkins the Glynn County Superior Court heard the case. Seventeen year old De’Marquise Elkins was charged with shooting a toddler sitting in his stroller to death on a city street. Sherry West pushed her 13 month old home from a post office in Brunswick, Georgia when she was robbed at gunpoint. When the defendant found out that Sherry didn’t have any money he shot baby Antonio in the head and shot Sherry in the leg. Elkins was found guilty but spared the death penalty because the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that 17 was too young…...

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