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Distinguish among the federal, state, trial and appellate courts involved in criminal cases.

Please provide a thorough and concise answer to each question below, using full sentences and well-constructed paragraphs.

Distinguish among the federal, state, trial and appellate courts involved in criminal cases. In your discussion, explain why a state has the general power to make criminal law and to prosecute those who violate the law; describe the specific powers granted to the federal government to make criminal laws; describe the boundaries for congressional power under the Commerce Clause to regulate actions through criminal laws; and identify the ways a state can obtain jurisdiction over the person of a defendant charged with violation of a criminal law. (This question assesses outcome #2.)

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Sample Partial Answer

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General deterrence is one of the purposes of criminal law and punishment. General deterrence involves punishing a particular offender in a very public and sometimes unnecessarily harsh way so that other people will see the awful thing that happened to the offender, and will be careful to avoid imitating the offenders criminal behavior and thus risking his punishment. The Armys recent decision to prosecute Private Bowe Berdahl for desertion, where conviction could result in a life sentence (a crime that could result in a life punishment) can be seen as an attempt to generally deter other soldiers from walking away from their posts during an unpopular war.