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Tue Apr 16, 2024, 05:58 AM Apr 16

My experience as a prospective juror in a criminal case [View all]

All prospective jurors were under oath to answer truthfully.

I made the first cut. Educated with three degrees and nine years of college and graduate studies.

Then came the survey. Our present employment. What type of media did we regularly engage in. Including social media.

I answered that I was a defense attorney and I didn't entirely trust police to accurately record what actually happened.

I also put down that I was a devotee of MSNBC and regularly viewed Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes, Joy Reed, etc. For radio, I listened to WBAI, an independent franchise of Pacifica Radio. I listed one program on it, "On The Count," which is devoted to the rights of convicted inmates.

I was asked if I could listen to this criminal case and remain impartial. I responded that I could.

However, the prosecutors excused me with one of their preemptory challenges. It's their right. My progressive views indicated that I would be a loud voice during deliberations and they just didn't want to take that chance.

So, as far as TSF's team wanting their jury panel to contain just one dissenting voice, it will be difficult. If that one voice lied on his/her survey and his/her "interview" with the judge before being seated, s/he will be removed during deliberations and replaced with an alternate juror. The proverbial fine-tooth comb will be applied to ALL prospects.

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I was in a jury pool for a murder case. We had MOMFUDSKI Apr 16 #1
How can a juror be replaced during deliberations? honest.abe Apr 16 #2
Not if the rest of the jury reports to the judge that the juror reveals no_hypocrisy Apr 16 #3
it is my understanding that you cant just remove a juror just because he/she doesnt agree with the other jurors. honest.abe Apr 16 #5
If that juror announces that the facts given at trial make no difference to him/her, no_hypocrisy Apr 16 #6
It's interesting to find out how this stuff actually works ActRaiser Apr 16 #7
Why would a juror say that? i think he/she would simply say I disagree with all of you.. honest.abe Apr 16 #10
They don't know they're placing their position no_hypocrisy Apr 16 #14
Very unlikely they would say something like that even if first time. I certainly wouldn't count on it. honest.abe Apr 16 #15
The Jury Box will have 12 Jurors AND 2-4 Alternates. brooklynite Apr 16 #8
These days they ask about all the person's social media accts. Liberal In Texas Apr 16 #4
Well, at least you made the prosecution use one of their valuable challenges aeromanKC Apr 16 #9
I don't think it's just political views. They look at alpha types ecstatic Apr 16 #11
I got half the word "attorney" out before the defense excused me. LastLiberal in PalmSprings Apr 16 #12
It sounds as though you were asked about "all online media" but I am curious... hlthe2b Apr 16 #13
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