By Scott E. Sundby
With a existence within the stability, a jury convicts a guy of homicide and now has to make a decision even if he might be positioned to loss of life. Twelve humans now face a momentous choice.
Bringing drama to lifestyles, A lifestyles and dying selection offers special perception into how a jury deliberates. We think 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 video clips to novels to tv, juries fascinate. concentrating on a unmarried case, Sundby sheds gentle on broader concerns, together with the jobs of race, type, and gender within the justice process. With dying penalty instances continually within the information, this can be a major window on how actual jurors planned a few urgent nationwide issue.
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Extra resources for A Life and Death Decision: A Jury Weighs the Death Penalty
JUDGE: Let me ask her my question, too. Then, are you so conscientiously opposed to capital punishment that you would not vote for the death penalty under any circumstances? MRS. MELTON: As I said before, I believe there are circumstances where the death penalty is warranted. I do not believe that I could vote for it. The trial judge’s decision to excuse Mrs. Melton was later reversed on appeal, because, at most, Mrs. 17 The back-and-forth “yes, I could—no, I couldn’t” wavering is often further exacerbated when the defense attorney and district attorney are allowed to ask follow-up questions.
A Chorus member described her reaction to Lane’s defense as bordering on incredulity by the end: “Their whole case was based on false identiﬁcation of that tape. They were just saying he wasn’t there. And did they have proof he wasn’t there? No, because [laughter] he was there. It was surprising. I mean, throughout all this lead-up I was waiting for this grand defense, thinking ‘Now, keep your options open,’ and then [laughter] they said, “We rest,” and I about died. ’ They really hung their hat on beyond a shadow of a doubt—that was their whole case.
Do you really believe it? ” The jury was brought into the courtroom and seated in the jury box where they had spent so many of their waking hours for the prior half year. The judge asked if the jury had reached a verdict. The foreperson announced, “Yes,” and handed the verdict form to the bailiff, who handed the form up to the judge. The judge read the form silently, looked at the jury, nodded, and handed it to the clerk of the court. The clerk faced the courtroom and read: “We, the jury in the case of The People v.