By Scott E. Sundby
With a existence within the stability, a jury convicts a guy of homicide and now has to choose no matter if he could be positioned to dying. Twelve humans now face a momentous choice.
Bringing drama to lifestyles, A existence and dying determination supplies special perception into how a jury deliberates. We believe the passions, anger, and depression because the jurors grapple with criminal, ethical, and private dilemmas. The jurors' voices are compelling. From the idealist to the "holdout," the person stories―of how and why they voted for all times or death―drive the narrative. The reader is true there siding with one or one other juror during this riveting read.
From videos to novels to tv, juries fascinate. concentrating on a unmarried case, Sundby sheds gentle on broader concerns, together with the jobs of race, classification, and gender within the justice process. With loss of life penalty instances continuously within the information, this is often a big window on how actual jurors planned a few urgent nationwide issue.
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During this entire process, Ken was acutely aware of Peggy and wondering if she was going to hold together. The time had arrived for the judge to ask each juror individually whether he or she joined in the verdict. Peggy’s turn came and went in a second, her “Yes, I do” uneventful except to the other jurors, who exchanged glances of relief among themselves. They had made it. The jury’s work was done: The holdout had been persuaded, Steven Lane had been sentenced to death, and the verdict was in.
And although all five identified themselves as belonging to a church, none of them professed to be particularly religious or involved with their churches. Indeed, the only juror of the group who said that her religious beliefs had a significant impact on her decision was the one who no longer attended church at all. 30 / A L I F E A N D D E AT H D E C I S I O N As a group, the Chorus presented a picture of stability and middleclass sensibility whose lives largely revolved around their families and their jobs.
Although Ken had hoped that this lone juror—a woman named Peggy—could be persuaded quickly now that she stood alone, she was to prove quite an obstacle to reaching the unanimous verdict required by law. ” Ken saw Peggy as someone who was unable to separate out her own emotions from her duty to evaluate the evidence. He attributed this in part to her being younger and to her job as a social worker. Ken’s assumptions were ones widely shared by many jurors (and also by many trial attorneys) that younger individuals and those with certain jobs, such as social workers, nurses, humanities professors, and elementary school teachers, tend to be soft-hearted.