Jury of peers is a bunch of crap. In some states, convicted felons can be members of a jury. In addition, jurors bring a lot of emotion into it- can't deal with the guilt and other stuff. I have never been on a jury, but let me share my experience with one..
3 years ago, the very last night of January, Jake and I were sound asleep in our bed. At about 2 am we heard a commotion, Jake and I jumped up and when he opened the bedroom door, there was this big man standing there and he said to Jake, "You're not going to do anything." We got out of the bedroom to find 3 OTHER men in our apartment, one of whom had our roommmate lying in his closet (head in body out) as he sat over him beating him repeatedly. I recognized the offender as this dirtbag we knew from High school. This dirtbag, Jeremy, was mad that our roommate had dated his ex. I tried to pull Jeremy off Drew and then went to the hallway. As Jeremy left the room he headbutted Jake, busting his eyebrow completely open. He then picked me up, threw me against the wall..I, being the feisty one that I am, was screaming expletives at him. I then got up and chased him and his goons out, got the license plate # etc. We could not identify the other 3- in fact, he wouldn't name them when he was caught. Well, you can imagine that the face of the man standing in my door was burned into my mind. I was okay to drive the 2 guys to the hospital that night, Drew (our roommate) had long flowing blonde hair- it was caked in blood. When the guys busted in, they knocked him down on the ground, kicked his head in, punched him, beat him with the phone, then picked him up (one at head, one at feet) and threw him into the closet. I did a composite for the police of the other guy..no luck. Finally, Im driving home from a final exam and who do I see?? The other guy, I did a U-Turn to get his license #. The police found him and questioned him and HE ADMITTED TO BEING A PART OF ALL OF IT on tape. He was there as an "enforcer". His attorney tried to tear me to shreds on the stand, he was cruel to me. Guess what? The jury of 12 of "my peers" let him walk without a thing. Then when Jeremy went to trial, they found him guilty of 1 felony charge and 2 misdemeanors..he abused 3 adults, almost killing one, and broke in, and the jury didn't convict him of more because they felt bad for him. He has held this girl and their child at gunpoint, he has fired a gun in his mothers home, he beat another guys head in with a bat, numerous drug charges, by the way, he drove to our apartment on a suspended license. He was sentenced to 6 yrs. they transferred it to work release 1 mo. after sentencing. GUess what? He escaped..imagine again the fear for my life as the star witness against him??? He is now in a prison. Jury trials suck- to be honest- the justice system sux. I can't tell you this story without shaking. I have terrible pains that shoot through my left shoulder and arm still. My husband and I are still terrified and scarred. Jeremy's brother was arrested during the trial for threatening and harassing us= at the courthouse. His parents glared me down each chance they had..his real father is in prison for a violent crime..On the day of his sentencing, I told him this: I have known you since middle school, we hold similar backgrounds, both of our fathers are in prison, but we made different choices...I made the choice to make my life right, you chose a life of drugs, alcohol, and violence. I pray that you receive a sentence that forces you to think about the crimes you have done, about the harm you brought to me...
Sorry this is so long- I just get so mad
when I hear about the fairness of a jury. HAHAHAHA!