March 01, 2015

What I Learned Sitting on a Jury

Alicia I. Dearn
  • Jurors are there because they take their duties seriously.
  • Most lawyers lack empathy for jurors.
  • Jurors use instructions as tools to create justice.

I confess: I used to not trust juries. In fact, I did not believe in the jury system. And even though I tried cases to juries, I did not believe in the very people whom I was trying to convince. Honestly, and it pains me to even write this, I thought that most jurors were basically incapable of understanding the law, and didn’t care much either.

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