02 April 2004

Florida: Abuse of the Jury System - A judge throws a man off the jury because in the fifth day of deliberations he refused to deliberate. He also excuses two other jurors. Then, in the middle of deliberations he places two alternate jurors in the jury room and determines that he really doesn't need 12 jurors.

That's just so wrong on so many levels. Unfortunately, I have to go to court now so I don't have time for analysis. Let me just say this: Throwing a man off a jury because he has reached his conclusion, it is contrary to the conclusion of other members of the jury, and he refuses to rehash the same arguments as they try to break down his conscience is a massive slap in the face of the jury system. How can that and the other misconduct in this trial not result in a reversal?

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