Law Office of John Freeman
Call us today to schedule
a consultation.
Local: 248.918.0790
Toll Free: 866.720.3708
24/7 Emergency Line: 313.330.2653

The Modern Jury

When we think of jury trials the scenes from the 1957 film 12 Angry Men probably comes to mind. Well traditionally those images were probably pretty accurate-a room full of jurors some believing the defendant is guilty within minutes of deliberation and others advocating for his innocence. Well a recent case in Macomb County shows that the modern jurors may not be so open to discussion.

After 3 days of deliberations, a 12-person hung jury lead to a mistrial in a child abuse and sexual assault case. The jury foreperson wrote notes to the judge declaring that the jury was deadlocked. Other handwritten notes were given to the judge explaining the personality clashes between some of the jurors. One note read "we have 2 jurors with anger issues." Other notes claimed that two of the jurors were "impossible, argumentative and not open to a rational discussion." Apparently, the personality clashes, difference of opinions, and refusal to have rational discussions led to the mistrial.

It is typical for jurors to write notes to the judge and lawyers. However, the jury foreperson usually writes the notes and they involve reviewing evidence or questions about the law. Here, the situation was quite different. The jurors wrote notes that bypassed the foreperson and revealed that there were personality conflicts early in the process.

Although the jury could not reach a unanimous decision, the jury worked hard to come to a verdict, but ultimately knew it was not possible. This case shows that the criminal justice system is not as robotic and predictable as it may seem.

For more information on criminal legal matters, visit criminal defense attorney John Freeman online.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Contact a Criminal Defense Lawyer

For an initial consultation at the Law Office of John Freeman, call 866-720-3708 toll free or send us an email. In an emergency, call 248-918-0790 at any time of day or night.

From offices in Troy, Michigan, we represent clients in all federal and state courts in the greater Detroit area, throughout all of Michigan, and the United States.

Free Consultations

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy