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July 13, 2011

Jurors – Doing What is Right

Being cooped up in a hotel room leads one to watching the boob tube.  Also known as the idiot box, this prisoner has been seeing way more baloney (and way less of the weeds and baby chicks, ugh.) than a person should be exposed to.  Old Uncle Milton noticed that jurors have been in the news lately, and wondered…WHY???

One juror in a recent murder case has received death threats and fled the state, for her own security.  WHY???

In another case jury selection was about to begin.  Jury selection?   WHY?

Juries- The Fourth Branch of Government

One of the things that the founders of America established was the right of the individual to demand a jury trial.  The jury was to be comprised by the accused’s peers, his neighbors.  The size of the jury was carefully selected, to assure that the accused would be represented by at least one who was just like him.  There is so much history about juries that I did not learn in the government public school system, and I am willing to bet you didn’t learn it either.  Lucky for us   THESE GUYS,   called the Fully Informed Jury Association exist, eh?  The good folks at FIJA can help us to understand how the founders set up the right for a jury trial to protect us from the ravages of an overbearing government.  They rather much established that the accused is innocent until proven guilty, placing the burden of proof squarely on the accuser.

What’s this got to do with THE BOOB TUBE?

So in one of the well publicized boob tube episodes, the accused was acquited of murder, and the jurors are being threatened by ordinary people (John Q Public? I think not.)  The jurors much like a baseball umpire made the call that the state did not establish the guilt of the accused.  So the accused must be let go.  Did the umpire make a bad call?  Is there no instant video replay?  Was the accused actually guilty?  The point is that the system that the founders set up, in that system, it doesn’t matter.  The call was made. Done.  Finito. Over.

In the Other Case

A famous baseball personality is accused of perjury.  The jury is being selected.   Now when you get one of those *special invitations* to do your civic duty, and be on a jury, I will just bet that you are torn between doing your duty and living your normal life, right?  Your time is at a premium.  I know my time is at a premium.  So I want to go do my duty, as fast as possible and get back out in the garden.  But the lawyers have other plans.  They need to interview you, dig into your background, and disqualify  anyone that they think might not allow them to get the verdict that they want.

They take a whole big boatload of time selecting a jury.

In Old Uncle Milton’s opinion this is a waste of your time.  It is BALONEY.  Green mold encrusted baloney.  In order to minimize the negative impact on you, the *potential juror* they ought to just take the next twelve people off the list, sit their asses down, and present the God Blessed facts. 

In Roger Clement’s case, he did this and that and blah, blah, blah.  Deliberate.  Decide. Go home.  Did the accused commit the crime?  Yes or freaking no.  Is the law under which the accused brought in a good law?  Yes or freaking no.

The jury decides.  Next case.  That is all.  What do YOU think?

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  1. July 13, 2011 11:19 pm

    Not sure I agree with you Uncle Milton. If I were accused of a capital crime, I would certainly want the ability to question the people standing in judgment of me. Do they have a bias? Is there something that would prevent them from being impartial. Do they have personal reasons they could not serve? Now if jury selection goes on and on, you can point a finger at the judge because he/she is really in control of that process.

    Once I was called and in the case where I was assigned, the defendant was accused of child molestation, (of an ex-girlfriend’s child). A guilty verdict would have basically ended that guy’s life (in the sense that the punishment was very severe). I was present through the entire voir dire, although the jury was seated before they got to me. That was an interesting experience. There was a person who could not speak English well enough to follow fast-paced dialogue, and a person who had a plane to catch the next day, and someone who actually knew the accuser. All of that happened in one local case, but if the court never got to ask the jurors questions, it would not have known about these issues. Issues like these are not that uncommon in jury selection.

    Do jurors always reach the correct verdict? No…but that is another story…..

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