At Book View Cafe, an interesting post on an actual murder trial, posted by Diana Pharaoh Francis.
This is the sort of thing that I kind of like to know just in case it comes up somehow in a future book. Categorize it under How Things Work as well as human interest.
One thing I should have realized but didn’t, was that when there was a major objection, the jury was excused to the jury room and the point was argued (very politely) until the judge ruled on whatever it was. Could this evidence be allowed in? Was that person qualified to say what he was saying? That sort of thing. Once the judge ruled, the jury returned and things went on. If the objection was upheld, then the jury never heard that information. It couldn’t therefore be prejudicial, and the jury couldn’t decide that they didn’t like the prosecutor or defense because of that objection. Totally makes sense, but of course, TV always has them in the room with the judge telling the jury to disregard whatever was said.
See, that is the kind of thing about which television would mislead you. Isn’t it interesting to know how it really works?
I’ve never been called for jury duty. I don’t know why, it’s just never happened. If I were called, I would almost like to participate despite the disruption to my life, just so I would see the trial and the jury process and everything.