The Right To A Free Trial
One of the most important freedoms in the American judicial system is the right to a jury trial. This allows a minimum of six Americans, chosen from a list of registered voters, to determine a person's guilt or innocence through deliberations. They have the power to express the conscious of society as well as interpret and judge the laws themselves. If they feel that a law is unconstitutional, evil, or even unfair they can avoid it for the circumstance by declaring the defendant not-guilty. The power of the jury is enormous and through time has become more equitable by decreasing the limitations to become a juror including race and sex. Part of the reasoning behind the right to a jury trial is to limit government power. Although judges should be fair and just, total power is too strong, and could be used to aid some people while harming others. As someone once said, Power corrupts sometimes, but absolute power corrupts absolutely? Many people thought anarchy would form through the use of a jury system, but no such thing has occurred. It has produced a feeling of involvement in the judicial system and government itself. Throughout this essay, a comparison of a real jury, a simulated jury, and Hol
reached. Our jury decided that the man was guilty of voluntary manslaughter.
pay attention. It was not until key points expressing doubt in the boy's guilt
concluded that the man did not have the ability to understand the law nor what
In the jury simulation, the jurors took an initial vote for first and second
pressure others, until a common verdict was met. In a positive light, when the
community college students. Ergo, the verdict was not fairly considered from a
Hopefully, a verdict would be discussed and deliberated more thoroughly in a
Some topics in this essay:
Jury, Jury Trial, Verdict, Not Proven, Voir Dire, Law, Jury Nullification, Judge, Hollywood, Leroy,
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