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In our society today citizens play a vital role in the legal system by serving as jury. A jury is a sworn body of people convened to render an impartial verdict (a finding of fact on a question) officially submitted to them by a court, or to set a penalty or judgment (Wikipedia). 12 citizens are selected to serve as jury on a particular trial. In the movie, “12 Angry Men”, 12 ordinary citizens were called to serve as jury in a case to decide the verdict of a murder trial. I’m choosing these three jurors on my legal team based on their character and contribution during the jury trial as portrayed in the movie. They are juror number one, Martin Balsam, juror eight, Henry Fonda (Davis) and juror 11, George Voskovec.
Juror number one, Martin played a leadership role by leading their session. He was very firm but calm. He ensured all jury members had the opportunity to exercise their rights on the day-to-day affairs of their deliberations. In the movie, he never lord his acclaimed role over his peers. He tried to seek their approval through a democratic process by voting either privately or publicly in the jury room. This is a quality needed for a jury leadership. He was a professional high school coach, as such, he was able to use his role as a leader to champion his agenda while maintaining the sanity in the jury room. Even though, he voted guilty in the beginning proceeding he later changed his decision to not guilty after numerous facts and evidence were presented by his peers. For this reason, I choose him as one of the member on my legal team
The next person I would like for him to be on my legal team is juror number eight, Henry Fonda. He is a man of integrity, patient and calm, but took his role in the jury process seriously. He was a professional architect and a detail oriented person. He was the first juror to vote not guilty among the 12. He was not satisfied with the evidence presented in court but thought outside the box. To him, the responsibility of a jury to vote either guilty or not guilty was not to be taken lightly since someone’s life may be based on his decision. He went above and beyond to prove to his fellow jury by going to the neighborhood where the murder was committed; by buying a similar knife from a pawn shop to prove to them that having access to the same type of knife used for the murder was not far-fetched. He used his analytical expertise to review the truth in the stories told by the old man and the woman who claimed...

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