Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The Jury

Michael Barone gives an account of serving on a jury in the District of Columbia:

This was a criminal case. There was no question that the defendant had stabbed the victim three times after an argument in the parking lot at the end of an hours-long party, at which almost everyone had been drinking. The issue was whether the stabbing was in self-defense. The prosecution and defense presented two different and inconsistent narratives of what had happened.

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