Biggie Smalls was an influential rapper until the day of March 9, 1997 when he was killed by a drive by shooting. They have many suspects and theories of why he was wasted that day, however; they are not completely sure who did this and why. He was being driven back to his hotel from a music industry party. As his car pulled up to a stoplight, someone yelled to him, he lowered his window and someone pointed a pistol at him, fired four shots into his chest and drove away.
The investigation shows that there were three vehicles in the entourage. In the car in the front was Sean Combs. Sitting in the back of B.I.G.’s Chevy were two of his friends, the Junior MAFIA rapper James Lil Caesar Lloyd and B.I.G.’s best friend Damien D-Rock Butler. The witnesses told the police that two cars were involved in the attack. The witnesses that could be used for the prosecution is B.I.G.’s two friends that was in the car with him. They could have seen the car as it was riding off after the shooting. They also could have seen the person that shot him. Also the guy in the front could have seen something since he was sitting in the front seat. People that could be on the defense side would be people from the Death Row Records. These could have been people that were at the party and they followed him when he left.
The first part of the trail process would be the first appearance. In this the defendants are brought before a judge to be given forma notice of the charges against them, to be advised of their rights, to be given the opportunity to retain a lawyer or to have one appointed to represent them, and perhaps to be afforded the opportunity for bail. The defendant if taken into custody must be offered an in court appearance before a magistrate “without unnecessary delay.” They would be taking the person they believe had wasted B.I.G. and talking to him and giving him the opportunity to get a lawyer.
Next is the pretrial release defendant would be released for all or part of the time before or during prosecution, on his or her promise to appear in court when required. The only way they wouldn’t be released for this time would be if they were charged with very serious crimes, or those who are thought likely to escape or to injure others, are usually held in jail until trial. The defendant in the B.I.G. trial would not be released because they could make a run for and not return when requested to come to court. Considering the type of crime they committed I would not recommend release because they could go and commit the crime again. They would most likely be set on bail due to the risk of running.
Next, is the preliminary hearing where defendants are charged in a fashion that is less cumbersome and arguably more protective of the innocent. The hearing is held to determine whether there is probable cause to hold the defendant for trial. The primary purpose of this is to give the defendant an opportunity to challenge the legal basis for his or her detention. The defendant in the B.I.G. trial would have the chance challenge the basis of being held in detention.
Then is arraignment and the plea which once an indictment has been returned or information has been filed, the accused will be formally arraigned. The purpose is to once again inform the defendant of the specific charges against him or her and to allow the defendant to enter a plea. The defendant has the chance enter a plea of guilty, not guilty, or nolo contendere. Then there is plea bargaining a process of negotiation involving the defendant, the prosecutor, and the defense counsel.
Some cross examination questions would be where were you on the night of March 9, 1997 at this time. Were you at the same party as mister Biggie Smalls? Did you see anything unusual happening at this party between him and anyone else. Some key points for cross examination is to make them sweat trying to get the truth out of them.
OPENING AND CLOSING STATEMENTS
An example of an opening statement would be in this case of Biggie Smalls I will be advising you of the evidence we have found that puts the suspects at the place and time of the shooting. They were at the party he was leaving from and they could have very well murdered Biggie Smalls. A closing statement would be Biggie Smalls a rapper just returning home from a night of partying at an industrial music party, was just minding his own business when he heard someone yelling for him. So like any person her put his window down and looked and that was when he was innocently shot four times in his chest. We don’t know what had happened earlier in the evening if he confronted this person or what but they had no reason to shoot him down a man with a long life ahead of him.
Schmalleger, (2014). Criminal Justice Today: An Introductory Text for 21st Century, 13th Edition. Who Wasted B.I.G.? (n.d.). Retrieved February 23, 2015, from http://extmedia.kaplan.edu/pubSafe/Media/CJ101/CJ101_1403B/Unit7/index.html