bias in the jury

bias in the jury - This puts a lot of pressure on the...

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Many things can lead to a bias in the jury. In some instances, some attorneys may try to use deposition evidence. Deposition testimony definitely biases the jury, because since the person isn’t there the rest of the jury cannot evaluate the person’s credibility. Attorneys could also try to lead the witness and get them to lean towards a certain topic. They may distract them at critical times and leak inadmissible evidence. This would cause them to lean towards the side the attorney is on. A juror can also be bias completely on their own. The biases can be personal views, morals, values and their own personal experience. Finally, the Allen Charge can be one of the other things to influence a jury. Allen Charge is usually used in a deadlocked jury to force a verdict.
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Unformatted text preview: This puts a lot of pressure on the jurors who are not completely agreeing with the rest of the jury. This forces the, “minority,” group to conform to the, “majority.” Picking the right jury can be a difficult and stressful situation. Attorneys can try, during jury selection, to get a sense of what a person’s values are and which candidates would place the verdict in favor of that attorney. It does sound wrong, but the attorneys would have to get rid of any professional people who know about the system or anything that would be harmful to their side of the case. Professionals would include people such as doctors, former-police officers, and any other professionals that would be considered a threat to the side of the attorney....
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This note was uploaded on 04/01/2008 for the course CRIMJ 220 taught by Professor Vanhorne,sheryl during the Spring '08 term at Penn State.

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