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 demise. Twelve humans now face a momentous choice.
Bringing drama to existence, A existence and demise selection offers detailed perception into how a jury deliberates. We consider 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 correct 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 mild on broader matters, together with the jobs of race, category, and gender within the justice procedure. With loss of life penalty instances always within the information, this is often a big window on how genuine jurors planned a couple of urgent nationwide issue.
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As a matter of legal theory, it was the prosecutor, of course, and not the jury who “had to prove it was him,” but as a practical matter, Lane’s defense strategy had placed the jury in the position of actively looking at the evidence from the prosecutor’s vantage point and seeing Lane as their antagonist. By making the jury come to its own conclusion that he was guilty, Lane also created an image for the Chorus of someone who willingly would try to do whatever he could to take advantage of the system and see if he might get off.
The judge refused to speak with her, referring her instead to the district attorney and defense attorneys. Ken did not know much about what transpired after this point, except that the death penalty still stood despite Peggy’s efforts to change her vote. Although Ken’s tone revealed some exasperation with these events, the overarching tenor was one of sympathy. Her efforts to undo the verdict were proof to him of what the jury had suspected all along: She had not been emotionally up to sitting on a capital jury and had come to identify too strongly with Steven Lane.
Ultimately, though, Ken found the mitigation theme emotionally and logically tepid. ” For Ken, Steven Lane had made choices, was responsible for them, and deserved the consequences. The free-will prism through which Ken viewed Lane’s life led him to reject out of hand the psychiatrist who testiﬁed for the defense. The psychiatrist tried to develop the idea that the traumatic loss of his brother made Steven turn away from his family and societal structures, eventually leading him into a life of drugs and crimes.
A Life and Death Decision: A Jury Weighs the Death Penalty by Scott E. Sundby