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  1. John Blackburn said:
    Years ago I was jury lead in a murder trial. Riveting, with evidence so compelling that I thought a guilty verdict obvious. Yet after five days in court I was surprised to find in deliberation that some jury members hadn’t seen the obvious and were instead swayed by the defendant’s appearance and other non-weighing factors, and that other jurors who had followed the evidence felt resolve weaken after hearing their jury-mates express doubt. I couldn’t believe it, frankly, the evidence having been so clear and uncontested, so I connected the dots for them all over again, saying this happened at this time, then this happened, and here’s the clear motive, and so on, sounding like a Columbo soliloquy. After a few hours of that they came together and delivered a guilty verdict.

    What stayed in my mind afterwards was that justice is clearly imperfect — and that I made a difference. I entered disgruntled, but left respectful of the system.

    April 1, 2019
  2. Dave Ryder said:
    Jury trials are one of the great elements of our justice system. My experiences have been the same as John’s: enter disgruntled; leave with respect for the system and the wisdom that (usually) comes from lay people deliberating together.

    April 1, 2019

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