January 11, 2021 Trial Tactics

Too Much Religion in the Jury Room?

Stephen A. Saltzburg

The Issue

Many jurors take their responsibilities so seriously that they pray that the verdicts they return in criminal cases are accurate. There does not seem anything wrong with jurors desperately wanting to be “right” and seeking divine inspiration to do justice. But does there come a time when religion is so present in jury deliberations that it disqualifies a juror? The case we discuss raises this question.

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