It just amazes me every time I read one of these stories or see it on TV.
The jury did what they were supposed to do. They rendered their verdict and that is that. END OF STORY !!!!!!
Having been the jury foreman on a murder trial I can say with authority that there is a big difference in what the jury hears during the trial and what the media reports. That is probably why they sequester juries like the one I was on.
We ran a daily pool on what time the day's trial would begin. Winner got a nickel from each of us and had to keep the time sheet for the following day. As the judge walked in, we all looked at the clock. A lot of time was spent out of the courtroom due to legal battles on what could be said and what we were allowed to hear. We could not watch the local news as it was usually the top story each night. We received cut up newspapers to keep us out of the loop. We mainly watched movies at night. We had sheriff deputies with us at all times.
We were not allowed to keep notes. We had to rely on our collective memories when it came time for deliberations. Our jury did include male and females and 1 black guy. He was the reason that we did not give the death penalty. We compromised and settled for life sentence.
I have been told that I will probably never be on a capital case again. I learned the ropes of how those type trials go and would be able to focus in on key items to remember.
Here's the media reports: http://articles.philly.com/1986-06-24/n ... ree-murderhttp://articles.philly.com/1986-06-25/n ... iberations