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Unformatted text preview: your assumption that the boy is guilty, that right?" "It made him look very suspicious." "Did you read the entire story?" "I believe so." "Did you read where it says that Mr. Danny Padgitt was involved in an auto accident, that he was injured, and that he was also charged with drunk driving?" "I believe I read that, yes." "Would you like for me to show it to you?" "No, I remember it." "Good, then why were you so quick to assume the blood came from the victim and not from Mr. Padgitt himself?" Pickard shifted again and looked frustrated. "I simply said that the photos and the stories, when taken together, make him look guilty." "You ever serve on a jury, Mr. Pickard?" "No sir." "Do you understand what's meant by the presumption of innocence?" "Yes." "Do you understand that the State of Mississippi must prove Mr. Padgitt guilty beyond a reasonable doubt?" "Yes." "Do you believe everyone accused of a crime is entitled to a fair trial?" "Yes, of course." "Good. Let's say you got a summons for jury service in this case. You've read the newspaper reports, Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter, http://www.processtext.com/abclit.html listened to all the gossip, all the rumors, all that mess, and you arrive in this very courtroom for the trial. You've already testified that you believe Mr. Padgitt to be guilty. Let's say you're selected for the jury. Let's say that Mr. Wilbanks, a very skilled and experienced lawyer, attacks the State's case and raises serious doubts about our proof. Let's say there's doubt in your mind, Mr. Pickard. Gould you at that point vote not guilty?" He nodded as he followed along, then said, "Yes, under those circumstances." "So, regardless of how you now feel about guilt or innocence, you would be willing to listen to the evidence and weigh it fairly before you decide the case?" The answer was so obvious that Mr. Pickard had no ch...
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