Dead Man Walking - Before You Watch: Vocabulary

Criminal Law and the Death Penalty

Use the following words to fill in the sentences. You will have to change the verbs so they agree in tense and number.

1. Repeat offender 14. To try
2. Felony 15. To convict/a conviction
3. Misdemeanor 16. To appeal/an appeal
4. Hung jury 17. Armed
5. To sentence/a sentence 18. Manslaughter
6. To commit 19. Premeditated murder
7. Death Row 20. To acquit/an acquittal
8. To reinstate 21. To witness/a witness
9. Prosecution/prosecutor 22. Lethal injection
10. To be charged with 23. Criminal liability phase
11. Verdict 24. A plea
12. Defendant/defense 25. Inmate
13. Parole 26. Penalty phase


  1. If a jury ____________ someone, it means they don't find that person guilty of a crime.
  2. O.J. Simpson ______ __________ _______ killing his ex-wife.
  3. If you are _________ when you _________ a crime, it means you are carrying a weapon.
  4. When a person is formally charged with a crime and goes before a judge, he or she must enter ___ ________ of guilty or not guilty.
  5. If a jury doesn't agree on a _________, it is referred to as a _______ ________, and the case will be _________ again.
  6. If a jury _____________ you to the Death Penalty, you automatically have the possibility ___ __________ the decision.
  7. If I commit a series of crimes, I'm known as a ___________ ___________.
  8. If I _____________ a crime, it means I saw it happen.
  9. When an __________ is released from prison, he or she is placed on ___________ for a specific length of time to make sure their behavior is good.
  10. During the ____________ ______________ __________, they decide if you're guilty or not guilty, and in the ____________ ___________, they decide on your ____________.
  11. ____________ ___________ is the most serious type of murder, while _______________ is a less serious offense.
  12. In a criminal trial, there are two sides: the _____________ and the ______________.
  13. The lawyer who works for the state is called the ____________ . He or she is trying to ___________ the ___________.
  14. A _____________ is a serious crime, such as murder or rape, while a less serious crime--such as shoplifting--is considered a _______________.
  15. The place in prison where an inmate waits to die is called __________ _________.
  16. There are several methods of execution. One is the electric chair; another is __________ ______________.
  17. In 1977, the Death Penalty was ______________ in California.

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