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Justice or Injustice? What Really Happens In A Jury Room [Kindle Edition]

J.L. Hardee
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Book Description

This story is about a small town boy that was thrown into jury service on a highly publicized Capital Murder trial in Myrtle Beach, SC. It involves the case of: The State of SC vs. Kimberly Renee Poole.

This book isn't about the murder, or the guilt or innocence of the accused. Its about the experiences of a juror and his fight to standup for his beliefs. This book will put you right in a jury seat during this trial so that you can experience his plight.

Editorial Reviews


"A fascinating look at the inner workings of a jury in a serious criminal case, and an indictment of the system that has been shown, too often, to convict the innocent..." -Deuce Niven, Tabor/Loris Tribune

"Book by J. L. Hardee Sheds Light on Jury Deliberation Process...Every American Citizen should have to read..." - S. Graham, Atty at Law. For full review:

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  • File Size: 561 KB
  • Print Length: 152 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009IZS43I
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ins and Outs of a Jury May 15, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Title: Justice or Injustice?
Author: J.L. Hardee
Publisher: J.L. Hardee
ISBN: 978-1-4800-3515-7

"Holding the fate of someone's life in your hands is very tricky, and, when it comes to being a juror, it was something that I had never thought of, never imagined, and was not prepared for," J.L. Hardee discusses in his book, "Justice or Injustice? What Really Happens in a Jury Room."

At one hundred and fifty pages, this paperback book has a photograph of a courtroom on the front cover with two paragraphs about the book's contents and author biography with a picture on the back cover. Due to minor profanity along with discussions about sex and murder, the book would be geared for mature adults. The many punctuation and grammar errors along with repetitive wording distract from the flow of reading. There are several photographs at the back of the book involving the court, jury room and defendant with her family.

When Hardee was handed a jury summons from the Horry County Clerk of Court in South Carolina, he expected to be excused from jury duty since he is a firefighter. However, not only was he chosen as a juror, he was sequestered for weeks in a publicized capital murder trial.

From the point of being handed the summons to walking away after the verdict, the author writes the step-by-step process he encountered personally. From the mundane meal menu choices and his void-of-electronics hotel room to being cooped up for over eight hours in a small jury room without a cigarette or shamed by the jury foreperson, he voices his feelings, opinions, and protests to all the different aspects of the criminal case.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunned January 3, 2013
What a great book! I found myself stuck in this book, I couldn't put it down. I love the show "Snapped" on the oxygen channel, so I was excited to find a book that was told from a juror's point of view. This book gives details of the pressures that a juror goes through, and his fight to make his voice stand out. It revels great flaws in our justice system. I like how it was to the point, and easy to read. I highly recommend this book to every American, afterall, we could be in that seat in the future!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just plain sad. August 28, 2013
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First of all the book kept my interest and I finished it within hours. I settled on 3 stars after debating back and forth between 2, 3, and 4 stars, I choose 3 stars mainly because I quickly grew tired of the "gee golly, I'm a country bumpkin act" on the part of the author, yes I got it after the 3rd time said and the numerous typos and grammatical errors.

That said, I have few comments: 1. I hope one certain juror rots in hell- she deserves it. 2. Our entire justice system from cops to judges is a complete joke. 3. If these 12 jurors represent our jury pool in the US, the chance of anyone getting a fair trial is slim. 4. I will never be considered impartial with regards to jury duty again.

This is a sad and pathetic story about how the US legal system gave Kimberly Renee Poole the shaft.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must read January 2, 2013
I received this book today and as soon as I opened it I knew I wasn't going to put it down until I had finished it. Although this was a case tried in a small happens in all areas of our country. Our judicial system really needs to be investigated!! I don't know if I am more angry, mad or saddened.

Thank you Mr. Hardee for bringing to our attention what some of us have wondered about for years!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing insight into our jury system January 28, 2013
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This book offers an amazing insight into our jury system. Jurors never really say much, usually just "guilty" or "not guilty". Even after the trial is over, jurors are rarely willing to speak to the media about a case. For those of us who have never served, the book offers a glimpse as to what it is really like. This an amazing book by a man of courage who wishes to speak the truth about the shortcomings of our system.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The US "Justice System" is a Farce! February 5, 2015
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Mr. Hardee gives a glimpse from a juror's standpoint of how the so-called "judicial system" really works. I've had experiences with the "legal system" but never from a juror's standpoint. I know for a fact that judges, lawyers, police, "expert witnesses," all lie. (The so-called "expert witnesses" testify to what they are being paid to say; and unknown to most jurors, "expert witnesses" are paid big bucks.)

I remember a trial in Houston in which an expert witness was paid $100,000 by the District Attorney. After the trial (and after the defendant was convicted), it was proven that the "expert witness" lied. Not only did he not receive any punishment for perjuring himself, he was allowed to keep the $100,000. The $100,000 was tax payers' money, of course. This is your justice system.

A trial is nothing but a kangaroo court. It is not about truth, it is about which lawyer "wins" or "loses." Never mind the defendant. (And the average lay person is not aware that many lawyers are stupid as well.) The lawyer who is the most aggressive and the biggest liar most often "wins." This is your justice system.

Judges are biased. As depicted in the book, facts that would prove innocence (or in some cases, guilt, depending on the bias of the judge) are not permitted to be introduced. The facts that aren't permitted to be introduced are decided by the judge by a Motion in Limine, presented by the lawyer for both parties just before a trial begins. A Motion in Limine requests that the judge rule that certain testimony regarding evidence or information may be included or excluded. The motion is always discussed outside the presence of the jury and is always decided by a judge.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars engrossing story by brave author
Well done for doing a diligent job. The system failed both defendent, the jury, and society. This is an excellent account of what went on
Published 2 months ago by George Tucker
5.0 out of 5 stars REQUIRED READING FOR EVERY AMERICAN!? Should Be.....
This should be required reading by every high school senior as part of their government class in order to pass and/or graduate! Read more
Published 2 months ago by c's kindle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a similar thing happened to me..
Published 2 months ago by lookingfortruth
5.0 out of 5 stars An Incredible Story
This book describes the jury duty on a murder case, served by a young man. It is honest, insightful and well written. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chris Cennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read
A Must for everyone...justice isn't what we think it is at all..This is very much how all things go these days...
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars eye opener
I was summoned for jury duty. I read this book days before I was suppose to report. I feel it gave me a good overview of the workings of a jury trial. My case was cancelled. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sarah P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Very good read. Almost seemed like fiction. Sad to say that sometimes we are not given our own rights that are guaranteed by our constitution. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tigger 9773
4.0 out of 5 stars How fair are juries? It seems that . . . it depends.
The author is not a professional writer, nor does he work in law enforcement or the legal profession -- he is an "average" American. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Very eye opening!
Great book. Very detailed, but easily understood. Shocking information about our court system, but helpful for anyone who ever finds themselves sitting on a jury.
Published 5 months ago by Nancy E. Benson
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging retelling of a true, and somewhat disturbing, legal story
Educated with a law degree, this story didn't entirely surprise me. What really makes this book worth reading, for lawyers and non-lawyers alike, is the vivid retelling of the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by samgardner
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Hello everyone and thank you for visiting my page.

I'm a former Fire Chief from SC. I began writing at a very young age but never thought of pursuing it as a career. My passion was being a firefighter. After 18 years as a volunteer and 15 years as a career, I hung my Chief's helmet on a wall.

Now I spend my time writing a little and designing webpages. Both are hobbies and something I enjoy doing.

I'd like to invite you all to visit me at my pages below. I always enjoy meeting and talking to new people.

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While homeschooling my kids, I realized that there weren't many options of Books specifically for some things that I wanted my kids to learn. So, I started working on some Children's Books. If nothing else, I'll have them around for my kid's to learn from. I hope yours are able to enjoy them too.

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