When Juries Go Bad


As a lawyer, I spend most of my time relying on the peers of my clients, who are the jurors. These select groups of random people, coming from random demographics, have the capability to put the wrong person in jail or let the wrong person go. The pressure to deliver quality and accurate verdicts is very high and the guidelines for doing so are strict.

I remember one case back in 1995 wherein an insurance company was sued for not paying the claims. Even with the evidence in plain sight, the jury let them off with a “not-guilty” verdict and a small punitive amount for the damages for my client. A mistrial was eminent but the client was happy with the amount she got even though we could have bankrupted the insurance company. then again, there are different things that go into the minds of jurors. Remember the movie 12 Angry Men? It’s an old film about 12 jurors who took a long time coming up with a verdict. If you watched the movie, you’ll know how difficult it was to be a juror then and even more so today.

The justice system is fair that the peers of the client or defendant get to have the last words.

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