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Reasonable Doubt Essay

707 words - 3 pages

In the U.S. our system is formulated by various means to construct twelve fair and unbiased jurors. Whom according to our text, hypothetically decide cases based on “the instructions by the judge and the evidence presented.” While concentrating on the real,testimonial, direct and circutailonal evidence presented by both the prosecution and defense over the duration of the trial. Though many make a preliminary decision based on the opening statements. Once trial has commenced the jury is dismissed to the deliberation room. Where discussion about the elements of the case and the defendants specific actions begin, but jurors normally vote as soon as they retire to jury room and the original vote triumphs the majority of the time. Allowing their own knowledge, experiences, morals, and values to dictate their decisions.
This is evident throughout the film 12-Angry Men, particularly two scenes. The first is when Henry Fonda’s character asks one man to recall the films he watched with his wife a couple of days before. This was specific to the case because the boy who was on trial acknowledged to the court he was watching a movie during the time the murder took place, but could not recall the films. The man was basing his decision of guilty off this factor because he believed his intelligence and memory was strong enough to recall these films as he believed the boy could but wouldn’t as a defense. Nonetheless, the man could not recall the films he had watched. The second, was the final scene of the film when one individual on the jury persisted the boy was guilty. This was due because he was biased because he and his son weren’t speaking and had not in a couple of years. Rather than look at the evidence and facts the other jurors were presenting he was viewing this boy who was on trial as his own and wanted to punish him regardless of the evidence, because he could not punish his own son. This conveys, the difficulty to construct a complete unbiased and fair jury.
From the beginning of the film, I asked myself...

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