The‘jury of peers’ has established itself as a team that enablescitizens to learn about the law while giving them a platform todeliberate on various legal matters. It serves as a democraticfreedom that citizens enjoy since the jurors compose of members ofthe society.
Themovie,, isa drama that narrates the judgement of an eighteen-year-old boy ontrial for the murder of his father, by a jury of twelve men.
Atrial by ‘jury of peers’ makes it possible for the accused toface a fair trial. It creates a platform where variousinterpretations of the law are given before reaching the finalverdict. In the drama TwelveAngry Men thejurors initially vote ‘guilty’ except for the 8thjuror who voted ‘not guilty.` The move results in the furtherdeliberation of facts revolving around the case. He quotes the boy’sdistressed upbringing as a possible contributing factor in motivatinghim to commit the crime. An argument emanates from other jurorscausing them to change their verdict.
Further,the ‘jury of peers’ eliminates the passing of a judgment cloudedby generalisation, discrimination, and assumptions made by thejudges. In TwelveAngry Men,the 3rdjuror presumes that the boy is guilty because of the belief thatchildren of his age behave in a similar way. The 10thjuror discriminates against the kid because of his origin he has afetish for poor people. Though all the discriminations happen, theboy eventually gets a fair trial and is granted justice. The jurorsput aside their beliefs and perceptions about the child and decide toreason out the case. ‘Jury of peers’ solves cases overlookingprejudice.
‘Juryof peers’ ensures that an emotional connection between thedefendant and the judges is established making the jurors executetheir duty without being biased. For example, in TwelveAngry Men,the 8thjuror appeals to the other jurors’ sense of pathos and pity to givethe boy a chance. He states
“Thisboy’s been kicked around all his life…
He’shad a pretty terrible sixteen years. I think maybe we owe him a fewwords. That’s all.” (GradeSaver)
Otherjurors decide to employ their humanity, logic and reasoning to laytheir judgement, clearing their previous ignorance, racism and allother discriminations they had based their prejudice.
Everyman has a right to a fair trial. ‘Jury of peers’ allows a groupof people from various specs of life to sit on a panel and deliberateon a case. For example, in TwelveAngry Men,the jurors were from various backgrounds and thus differedpersonalities, beliefs and in knowledge. Such a scenario gave thejurisdiction various points of views to the case, and the eventualjudgement past can be arguably claimed to be fair, ‘jury of peers’serves the purpose of ensuring justice and punishing the guilty.
‘Juryof peers’ is one of the America’s systems of passing judgement oncriminals. It plays an essential role in allowing citizens exercisetheir civic rights to participate in legal matters and thus ensuringfair trials and opportunities for the defendants to be heard. Thissystem is very efficient and therefore be upheld.
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