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Thread: Trial By Fury

  1. #1
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    Jan 2003
    Is it possible for a person to get a fair trial if their case is so widely publicised in the media that it is nigh on impossible to get a jury of people who have not read, seen, or heard details of the case before they sit in judgment ?

    People often speak of news being "in the public interest" however this is often taken to be analogous with "of interest to the public". There is a big difference between the two. Just because something may be of interest to the public does not mean that it should be widely reported on. This can easily lead to people being found guilty of a crime before they are even tried for it. Particularly if those reporting present their "evidence" in a selective way.

    I say that for such cases we have to abandon the trial by jury method. I know this may be radical however I cannot see how a person can have a fair trial in these circumstances. It cuts both ways remember. A famous sportsman may be acquitted, in spite of overwhelming evidence, because a jury does not want to find him guilty.

    In these cases I would suggest they are tried in front of a panel of judges (as is done in appeal cases). Where 3 judges listen to the evidence and decide on a verdict. They are the people who are experienced in what evidence is and how it should be looked upon. They are also going to be better at looking at it and making their considerations, whilst putting any pre-conceived ideas aside.

    Without Prejudice.

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  3. The Drawing Room   -   #2
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    Apr 2003
    a state of confusion
    For an answer to this stimulating and thought provoking question - I would suggest that we need look no further ......... than to the humble onion - for our answer.

    Though I'm not entirely sure why.....
    <span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'><span style='color:red'>Mr Hand&#39;s Busy Right Now&#33; So Talk To Mr FOOKIN FINGER&#33;&#33;&#33;&#33;</span></span>

  4. The Drawing Room   -   #3
    MediaSlayer's Avatar slowly going deaf
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    May 2003
    ur anus
    i agree, the onion can be the source of many answers.

    sending fiery missiles in manker's japan's general direction.

  5. The Drawing Room   -   #4
    MagicNakor's Avatar On the Peripheral
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    Nov 2002
    I&#39;ve encountered prejudiced judges before. The outcome may be more "fair" than if you take Joe the plumber off the street, but it&#39;s still no guarantee that the correct and just choice will be made.

    things are quiet until hitler decides he'd like to invade russia
    so, he does
    the russians are like "OMG WTF D00DZ, STOP TKING"
    and the germans are still like "omg ph34r n00bz"
    the russians fall back, all the way to moscow
    and then they all begin h4xing, which brings on the russian winter
    the germans are like "wtf, h4x"
    -- WW2 for the l33t


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