Jury Trial Pros And Cons

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Every citizen is guaranteed certain rights laid out in the U.S. Constitution which sets the foundation for the fundamentals of basic American freedoms. This is important in America because the country was founded on the principle of democratic government that rules at the consent of the governed. The main purpose is to make sure that the government doesn’t interfere with any citizen’s rights and that includes those citizens who are being accused of a crime. This is why an individual will commonly hear “innocent until proven guilty” and there are many amendments in the constitution that are in place to protect those in this situation. It is to emphasize that being charged with a crime doesn’t take away any freedoms or rights until a verdict …show more content…
However, there are numerous ways in which a trial can be dismissed and considered a mistrial for certain occurrences that could unfairly skew the outcome of a case. This can commonly happen as a result of bias from a juror that has been selected. Jurors have a profound amount of responsibility in determining whether or not the defendant is guilty or innocent and in some cases can literally mean life or death. Because of this extreme influence they have, the jury selection process is crucial for establishing a jury that will be impartial and unbiased so the outcome of the trial is as fair and just as possible. If there is a juror that shows the potential to be biased, whether implicit or explicit, the attorney can challenge for a …show more content…
Jackie Owens case. During jury selection, which is crucial and important to every case, there were some questionable jurors that were selected to serve on the trial. While being a juror is honorable and important, it is just as important to excuse biased jurors. While questioning potential juror #7, he revealed that he did in fact know one of the defendants on a personal level and had interacting with the defendant on more than one occasion. When the attorney called for a challenge on this juror, the judge overruled and allowed this juror to serve on the jury for this case that involved sentencing someone he knew personally to prison in a murder trial. That was a major legal error and cause for a mistrial because that poses extreme bias in a juror in their decision making. While the judge did explain to the juror the important of being unbiased and the nature of the case and duties he would have as a juror, it does not prevent the natural biases a person will have to finding someone they personally know as innocent or guilty to a murder charge. The juror agreed to remain impartial, but in reality that is impossible. This juror will have implicit, natural bias in his decision making and the judge should have agreed to excuse him as a juror. The same was carried out in the following

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