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  •  You say you've picked death penalty juries, so you (1+ / 0-)
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    Ginny in CO

    know that jurors who say they can't even consider the death penalty are automatically struck for cause.  We may not agree with that, but that's how it is.  Are you saying that potential jurors who oppose the death penalty (as I do) should lie when asked if they can consider it?

    I could make a case for lying as a form of civil disobedience, but I don't really believe it.  The legal and moral implications of saying you will consider it when that is not true are pretty serious.

    •  No, I'm not saying they should lie (0+ / 0-)

      If your conscience is too tender to consider the death penalty when someone's life is at stake, then you should pat yourself on the back for the firmness of your convictions and leave others to kill the guy.  That way you won't have any moral problems.  Death Penalty cases are fraught with moral problems for everyone involved and it is no doubt comforting to be so sure of yourself that you can walk away with your head held high while the State kills someone in your name.

      See, its not the opposition to the DP that strikes you from the jury, its the failure be able to force yourself to consider it in the particular case.

      . On ne gagne que les combats que l'on mène

      by NearlyNormal on Mon May 06, 2013 at 12:54:59 PM PDT

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