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From: myst (
Subject: Re: ITA
Date: September 15, 2005 at 10:25 pm PST

In Reply to: ITA posted by Surya on August 2, 2005 at 8:21 am:

In my experience, juries always convict based on their impression of the defendant. If the defendant sits in the dock with a resigned expression on their face, they increase their chances of a conviction exponentially, IMO. If they act incredulous, grimace, gasp squit or whatever, its better for them than just sitting there. I always tell people if you have a naturally fatalistic expression, try and lose it for the duration of this trial.

I remember a trial which went on for a while because two of the jurors firmly believed the Defendant was guilty. The rest wanted to acquit, it ended hung, the judge made a few curt remarks about some deficiencies in the crown case and the crown never bothered with it any further.

Some time later, I spoke to another of the jurors, who told me that one of the minority thought he was guilty because he confessed that he let his son smoke marijuana in a caravan out the back of the house (nothing to do with the charge, she just had strong views on canabis).

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