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  •  Oh c'mon- (1+ / 0-)
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    twigg
    The primary goal in selecting a jury is to find 6 or 12 people who can set aside their biases and preconceptions and judge the case on the facts alone.
    The prosecution's primary goal is to seat a group of folks who will convict no matter what, and the defense's is to find a group that will acquit no matter what.

    The beauty of the system is that these mutually opposing goals can produce a reasonably impartial jury.

    •  And in this case (1+ / 0-)
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      wishingwell

      the defense needs only one to hold out, no matter what.

      One racist is all it will take to nullify this trial.

      I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
      but I fear we will remain Democrats.

      Who is twigg?

      by twigg on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 12:45:42 PM PDT

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      •  Not "in this case." In EVERY criminal case (1+ / 0-)
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        Neuroptimalian

        involving a charge this serious, one juror is enough for a hung jury.  

        There's no basis to treat this defendant differently from every other criminal defendant.  

        •  Well this just isn't true (0+ / 0-)

          In many instances the Judge can accept a majority verdict, but not when only six jurors are empaneled.

          I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
          but I fear we will remain Democrats.

          Who is twigg?

          by twigg on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 01:27:59 PM PDT

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          •  I stand corrected. In every case involving six (3+ / 0-)
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            twigg, Dogs are fuzzy, VClib

            jurors, a unanimous verdict is required under Ballew v. Georgia.  A few states still allow a less than unanimous verdict in juries of 12, but I think that for serious cases (where a defendant can be put away for life) most states require a unanimous verdict.  

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