By Scott E. Sundby
With a lifestyles within the stability, a jury convicts a guy of homicide and now has to come to a decision no matter if he could be positioned to demise. Twelve humans now face a momentous choice.
Bringing drama to existence, A lifestyles and demise determination provides precise perception into how a jury deliberates. We think the passions, anger, and depression because the jurors grapple with felony, ethical, and private dilemmas. The jurors' voices are compelling. From the idealist to the "holdout," the person stories―of how and why they voted for all times or death―drive the narrative. The reader is correct there siding with one or one other juror during this riveting read.
From video clips to novels to tv, juries fascinate. concentrating on a unmarried case, Sundby sheds gentle on broader concerns, together with the jobs of race, classification, and gender within the justice approach. With dying penalty instances regularly within the information, this can be an incredible window on how actual jurors planned a few urgent nationwide issue.
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The Chorus had a far simpler, more basic question when it came to deterrence: Was the death penalty necessary to prevent Steven Lane from ever killing again? And like most jurors, the Chorus members were strongly risk-averse in answering the question. Because the consequences were so grave if they were wrong in imposing a life sentence, their strong inclination was to opt for the “safer” route of a death sentence unless they could be completely assured that Lane could be controlled in prison. One might assume that the Chorus members’ foreboding that their lives might become a real-life remake of Cape Fear would have been allayed by the judge’s instructions that Lane would be sentenced to life without parole if the jury did not impose a death sentence.
And, of course, the Pearly Gates analogy fails in one other critical way: Not being archangels with divine guidance, the twelve individuals of the jury will have to make the death penalty decision conﬁned by the limits of human knowledge and emotion. As a general rule, the criminal justice system tries to avoid asking juries to make direct moral judgments about the defendant, attempting instead to limit the jury’s role to determining whether certain facts are true: Did the defendant in fact kill the victim?
I saw a real violent, angry individual there. ” Given Ken’s reaction to this testimony, it is not surprising that he found Lane to be increasingly frightening in appearance as the trial had progressed. Most devastatingly, a corrections official from the local jail described how guards had found evidence in Steven’s cell indicating that he was planning a jail break. During this testimony, an image must have ﬂashed through every juror’s mind of stumbling bleary-eyed into the kitchen some early morning in the future, ﬂicking on the radio as the coffee began to brew and hearing a reporter talk about the midnight escape of a convicted murderer named Steven Lane.
A Life and Death Decision: A Jury Weighs the Death Penalty by Scott E. Sundby