By Scott E. Sundby
With a existence within the stability, a jury convicts a guy of homicide and now has to determine even if he may be positioned to dying. Twelve humans now face a momentous choice.
Bringing drama to existence, A lifestyles and demise determination supplies special perception into how a jury deliberates. We suppose the passions, anger, and melancholy because the jurors grapple with felony, 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 videos to novels to tv, juries fascinate. targeting a unmarried case, Sundby sheds mild on broader matters, together with the jobs of race, type, and gender within the justice method. With loss of life penalty situations always within the information, this can be a big window on how genuine jurors planned a couple of urgent nationwide issue.
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I mean, because you were asked, if this person killed beyond a shadow of a doubt, could you give this person the death penalty? ’ It gave her pause for thought. I don’t think in all candor that she was completely honest when she had said she could give death. ” This tack reopened the dialogue with Peggy. Rather than arguing to her that she was mistaken in her emotional and moral belief that Lane did not deserve the death penalty, it suggested that, however hard it might be, she had to set those feelings aside because they welled up from an illegitimate source: her inability to follow the law and actually sentence someone to death.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven [u]pon the place beneath. . ”9 The criminal justice system’s challenge is translating Shakespeare’s wonderful poetic phrase—“when mercy seasons justice”—from iambic pentameter into workable legal doctrine that can be used in the courtroom and applied by the sentencer. ” The Court has held that the Eighth Amendment embodies a principle of “individualized consideration,” a principle that requires that before a sentence of death can be imposed, the jury must ﬁrst consider a defendant’s individual circumstances.
The ﬁnal witnesses in the mitigation phase were several prison guards who testiﬁed that Steven had been a good prisoner during his various periods of incarceration and that he had been given positions of trust as a prisoner. The defense even introduced a letter from a civilian who explained that Steven had come to his assistance a number of years earlier when Steven had been on a prison work detail. “Good prison behavior” testimony by prison guards usually is highly persuasive with jurors. Because the only alternative to a death sentence is life without parole, such testimony can assure the jury that, if it chooses life, the defendant will not pose any future danger and may even make some positive contributions if allowed to live.