- File Size: 1037 KB
- Print Length: 302 pages
- Publisher: Allen & Allen Semiotics, Inc.; 1 edition (February 15, 2010)
- Publication Date: February 15, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0038YWK7G
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,437,239 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Skeptical Juror and the Trial of Byron Case 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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The jury trial is the last bastion of the individual making a difference in our system of justice. American juries may wrongly convict up to 10% of those they find guilty. Yet the jury is the one element kept most ignorant by the operations and manipulation of both prosecution and defense. How can jurors fulfill their vows in the face of blatant lies, inadequate information, and the pressure to ignore the presumption of innocence?
The Skeptical Juror puts you in the jury room, where he offers suggestions for maintaining objectivity and managing deliberations in the face of hostile or obstreperous fellow jurors, and shows how to avoid a rush to judgment.
The series is shocking, instructive, dramatic and inspiring. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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This book illustrates the harm inherent in using slippery means to justify the end result. As a fan of true crime, i found this book to be an engaging and novel presentation of the case. Most true crime authors follow the same shop worn format; it was refreshing to read about a case in a truly objective manner.
My only suggestion is that I wish the author would have included info on how the public can get involved in correcting injustices such as this one, either for individuals (such as Byron Case) or groups (innocence project). With public outrage high over the recent spate of police shootings, perhaps the time is right to rally to the cause.
I was aware of this case before reading the book, but this provided many more details and I loved the analysis of the evidence at the back of the book. There actually was quite a bit of evidence that was not provided at trial, but clearly should have been. I hope that Byron Case will somehow be freed. I'm not sure of the status of his appeals process at this time.
Like the author, I spend much of my free time researching and writing about wrongful convictions. Once I realized this was happening, I felt I had to do something.
The book is in three parts: the trial, a fictional jury deliberation, and a section on the aftermath of the case. The trial is in a bit more of a narrative format than the actual trial transcripts would be, which makes it easy to read. It gets a little dry and repetitive at points, but hey, this is what was really said. Real life trials have very little in common with TV courtroom dramas. There's also a few entertaining interjections from our fictional juror to break things up a bit.
Once the closing arguments are finished, and the judge's instructions given, we enter the fictional bit of the book. This is where things get really interesting. The characters are well written and believable. They argue back and forth, pointing out little bits and pieces of evidence which didn't seem relevant on their own, but add up to a different picture than any of the lawyers presented. The jury's decision isn't specified, it's left to the reader to make up his or her own mind as to how they would vote.
Then the aftermath section informs us how the real jury voted, as well as pointing out some other potential evidence that wasn't brought to light when the actual trial took place. This was the part I found most interesting. A lot of it is speculative, but it really brings up a lot of questions about this particular case and how it was handled, and things to be aware of should one ever find themselves on a real jury.
All in all, I found this to be a great, compelling read. I read most of it in one sitting. Granted, I'm naturally a voracious reader, but this book isn't short at nearly 300 pages, and it's quite dense with information. I look forward to further books in this series.
Once I began to read this work I read it very slowly. I found myself wanting to absorb as many of the facts as I could. J. Bennett Allen had created in me a desire to participate in the process I was reading about. The book had a fantastic rhythm that captivated me as I went through the process with the other jurors.
I already knew the results of the jury deliberations (I seem to be using that word very loosely). But I was still shocked at the end of the book. What a terrifying look at our judicial system. This should be required reading for anyone that might serve on a jury. Everyone else should want to read this. It will open your eyes as it did mine.