Punishment was given in the parachute murder trial:
The jury gave her 30 years (so, not life)
Originally Posted by star
That's interesting to me. Can a person be charged with a crime and prosecuted by a private attorney hired by the family? Or have I misunderstood?
No. I've checked with the lawyer in the house to avoid me telling you lies:
Well, in a murder trial (assisenzaken), you have:
- a judge
- the prosecutor, representing "us" = society (openbaar ministerie): he/she sees to it that the laws are being respected, that everybody's rights are respected, that the trial takes places as it should.
- the attorney of the accused
- the attorney of the victim's family.
Yesterday, the jury (and the jury alone) needed to decide on whether the accused is guilty or not + they need to give their explanation for why they reached their conclusion (it was read by the judge)
Today, the judge together with the jury needed to determine the punishment. The judge will give the guidelines and the jury will decide on the punishment within those guidelines + they need to give an explanation for their decision (for example, in this case, they said that she's not getting life but 30 years because they've taken into account that she went to a therapist voluntarily two years ago)