Soc 380 Mock Jury Paper Jarvis Winter 2014

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Florencia Silveira SOC 380 – Sec 1 Mock Jury Paper The mock trial was easily the best experience I’ve had since I started college; it might be because  I want to go to law school and it was so exciting to see law school students in action, but I also really  liked being in the jury. I used to watch law shows and movies and thought it would be so easy to reach a  verdict; I thought it was crystal clear whether the accused was guilty or not guilty. Being part of this  mock jury made me realize that it is not as easy as it seems, and that there are a lot of factors that affect  the outcome of the trial.  In our trial, the defense attorneys were much more convincing and prepared than the prosecutors;  they asked better questions, made more compelling arguments, presented better evidence and even cross  examined the witnesses much more efficiently. As I talked to students that were assigned to other trials, it was amazing to see how the presentation of the evidence made such a big difference. The group that had  the hung jury told me about ringing how their prosecutors were so effective in getting their point across  and discrediting the witnesses for the defense. Thing is, discrediting a witness by bringing up events from 
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