Jury Duty

Our Constitutional Responsibility Is More Important Than It May Seem

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Gareth Weston served as a juror during a criminal trial
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Jury Duty

The American jury system is a great leveler.

Rich and powerful men such as Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling of Enron, suddenly find their fates in the hands of very average Americans who earn and possess a tiny fraction of what they have.

Most of the news we get about juries concerns cases in which an unusual and possibly controversial verdict was reached.

But today, and most other days, juries around the nation are sifting through complex harvests of evidence, closely listening to judicial instructions, and issuing questions during deliberations to make sure they do their jobs the right way.

With the Zimmerman verdict fresh in our minds and the Bulger jury in its fifth day of deliberations, we’re spending this show talking about juries and how well the system works right now. 

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