Rule Based Upon The Law
It reads as follows:
If you want to define what a jury is you could use the following definition:
In recent times many people have been upset with the outcome of some celebrity trials because they have been convinced by what they have read/heard in the media and have formulated their own opinions on what should have happened.
While it may feel good to say that the jury was ignorant, stupid, liberal or use some other pejorative term it does not necessarily mean that this is so.
Juries come to decisions based upon the evidence that is presented to them and the instructions that are given to them by the judge. Or in some cases they may disregard everything and engage in jury nullification.
I am not an attorney, but I have been a member of two different juries and have discussed/compared my experiences with friends and relatives around the states and have a couple more thoughts to share about this.
- Juries have instructions that they are required to follow. These instructions may prohibit the introduction of evidence into deliberations. You may not like this. You may consider it to be unfair or unreasonable but it is part of the rules we work under.
- Juries may not understand their instructions. You can call me a snob but some my fellow jurors were light in the closet, their bulbs did not burn so bright.
- And as mentioned earlier they could engage in jury nullification.
Something else to consider is this. A not guilty verdict does not always mean that the jury thinks that the defendant is innocent. It could mean that they felt that they did not have enough evidence to convict them.
That is a frustrating place to be if you feel strongly, but it is part of the system we live under.