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    professions and systems are often skewed, sped up, or blatantly ignored. The criminal justice system is one such example in which TV dramas have always taken shortcuts for the sake of the narrative and the new CBS crime drama Bull is no exception. Bull is another TV drama focused on the criminal justice system. However, the key distinction between this show and similar dramas is that the show is focused on the jury and the voir dire process. The show has a very interesting major plot device that allows this to work. They use a supercomputer, which looks at the online history of each jury member and decides if they…

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    The main concept of a voir dire is to determine whether a jury can be “fair, impartial arbiters of fact”. Potential jurors usually are selected from voter registration records for what is commonly referred to as jury duty. In the U.S., they must be from the same jurisdiction as the defendant. After a pool of potential jurors is selected, attorneys for both sides either suggest questions for the judge to ask, or they ask questions themselves of the jurors. The attorneys for both sides have a…

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    One of the main topics that was displayed in the movie was conformity. Conformity can be described as the act of changing one’s behavior to fit in with a group (Crutchfield, 1955). After the closing arguments of the trial, deliberations by the jurors begin on whether the boy is guilty or not. As the jurors make themselves comfortable in the jury room, casual exchanges are made between the jurors. This is where the first step of conformity takes place. It is seen that juror #2 talks about how…

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    Every member in a group takes on a specific role, whether it be positive or negative, that provides a special function in the group dynamic. In 1948, Benne and Sheats, in their acclaimed essay, listed various group roles that may occur during group communication and sorted them into three categories; group task roles, group maintenance roles, and self-centered roles. These roles each have a different motive that help to either lead or derail the group from their common goal. In the classic movie…

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    The Runaway Jury

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    • In the legal context of the movie we have a case which involves a widow who is suing a gun manufacturer because her husband was killed in an office massacre involving an easily-obtained weapon. Throughout the movie we see that prior to this case there has been a handful of cases brought to this gun manufacturer and how their guns which they produce is sold in the black market or on the streets easily and also in store easily. The problem was how the gun manufacture never investigated how…

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    Courtroom Reflection Paper

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    domestic violence arraignment, the courtroom was not full of spectators. Because the tenet did not have a completely stable financial situation, he did not have competitive legal representation. An aspect of this case that I found interesting was that it seemed as though the landlord had been through similar disputes on multiple occasions; the accusations and thought process seemed to be very pointed and rehearsed. While I was not entirely aware about what the case is that the jury selection was…

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    The Importance in the Unrecognized The written word is a particularly powerful weapon against mankind 's baser impulses, being especially effective whenever translated into visual format. Playwrights, filmmakers, creators all have the ability to tap into the creative power that lets them hold in their hands the capability to begin wars, mold society and incite outcries for justice. Reginald Rose was a man who effectively approached social and economic issues using art and theater to enlighten…

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    In most cases, people have the freedom of choice in their lives. and there are bountiful different obstacles that people have to overcome. In both Reginald Rose’s, Twelve Angry Men and Harper Lee’s, To Kill A Mockingbird, there were man vs society conflicts that brought many people to their breaking points. Both books had a strong emphasis on discrimination and prejudice. In Twelve Angry Men the jury was against the defendant for racist reasons just like the town was against Tom Robinson in the…

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    In the play, 12 Angry Men, by Reginald Rose, the characters of this story appear to be nothing more than average people picked to stand and listen to a case of a boy accused of homicide. As the characters are supposed to leave personal issues at the door of the case, some appear to use them against the boy. Using these imperfect jurors, people can see how that when insecurities, flaws, and the law form together, the justice system can be found. The justice system is neither perfect nor is it…

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    Questions On 12 Angry Men

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    NAME: Swathesh Shetty DATE: 12/10/2015 Leadership for Global Citizenship Questionnaire for the movie “12 Angry Men” 1. In one or two sentences, answer the following: a) What is the purpose of the 12 person jury? The purpose of the 12 person jury is to unanimously decide whether the accused is guilty or not guilty of the offence for killing his father based on the data and evidence gathered during the trail in the court. b) What are some of the tasks that flow from this purpose? Ensure the…

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