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When serving on jury duty, am I deciding whether or not I think the defendant committed the crime based on the evidence presented, or am I essentially judging / grading the prosecution and whether they proved it or not?
For example, if I have a good feeling that the defendant committed the crime but don't think the prosecutor proved it beyond a reasonable doubt do I vote guilty or not guilty?
Let's say that a statement made by a witness would seal the deal that the defendant is guilty but the judge struck it from the record and instructed us to ignore it. Without that statement I have a tiny bit of doubt but after hearing it I believe he is guilty. Do I ignore it and let a guilty man walk?
This post was edited by AUgolf on 9/28/2012 at 5:31 PM
Reasonable doubt is the hardest part. is that 90%? 95%? 99%?
I was on jury duty and the first day the judge asked who didn't want to be there and I was the only person who raised a hand. I told him why and he asked me to come back one more day and he would excuse me. I ended up on jury the next day, listened to the case and ended up being alternate. I talked with the defense attorneys when the jury went back and he asked me what I thought. I told him they did a terrible job defending him, the guy did it, he admitted it, the only hang up was intention and they never argued that. He ended up walking.
The scariest thought to me is ending up in front of a "jury of my peers". Most of them are idiots.
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