Bigamy, the crime committed by a person who is married a second time while still legally married to another wife or husband. A person can be legally married a second time only if the original partner has died or if the first marriage ended in divorce or annulment. If a husband or wife is absent and not heard of for a certain number of years—seven in some states, five in others—and is not known to be alive, he or she may be presumed to be dead, and the other partner may then legally remarry. The usual penalty for bigamy is two to five years in prison.
Any viewer of a TV cop show knows the Miranda rights. They include the rights to remain silent, to have an attorney and so on. Why are they called the Miranda rights, and why must U.S. police recite them to arrestees?
The United States has one of the most sophisticated judicial systems in the world. Every day, courts across the country hear thousands of cases and make important rulings. Find out with the judicial system quiz.