Friday, July 08, 2011

Trial by jury

And right you are, Judge:

Juries aren't supposed to make decisions based on public-opinion polls.

-- Belvin Perry, the judge for the Casey Anthony criminal case, on the jury's unpopular decision to acquit Anthony of charges that she killed her daughter; Perry has expressed concern for the safety of jurors and postponed a decision on whether to release their names

How many times do we have to say it? A "not guilty" verdict does not mean that the jury believes the defendant is innocent. It means that the prosecution didn't prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt according to that jury. And that's our system. That's our system. None of us (if accused of a crime) would want a system in which we were considered guilty until proven innocent.

Would we?

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