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(since a couple people have asked) (without going too much into the specifics)

 

- He was guilty.

 

- I was surprised at how fast the trial went. Less than 24 hours. More than half of that was spent determining who was going to be on the jury.

 

- The promise of a free supper did not encourage anyone to deliberate longer. Our deliberation actually took about 2 minutes. Someone suggested that we put it to a silent vote (on paper) and all said guilty.

 

- It seems like the trickiest part of the judge’s job is to determine, very quickly (at the point of each lawyer objection) which data the jury should not hear.

 

- Similarly, the trickiest part of being a trial lawyer must be to know which questions not to ask. The defense lawyer clearly was restraining himself.

 

- I really wanted to ask a few questions before going into deliberation (to clarify some details of what happened on the night in question), but that can’t be allowed.

 

- The defense rested after bringing no witnesses to the stand. The defendant didn’t say anything during the entire trial.

 

- It is a sobering thing to think that you are a part of a group that will make a decision that may (at the worst) set a guilty man free, or put an innocent in jail.

 

- It is also sobering to realize that even if we were correct in calling him guilty, we are still rendering a decision that will ensure a human significant jail-time.

 

- After the verdict, evidently, a judge can be more free with his opinions. He came back to the jury deliberation room and without actually saying the words, let us know that we had made a wise decision. He also told us that this was the defendant’s fifth offense.

 

- Overall, it was a good experience.

 

 

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