CAN someone please explain what Jury of the Defendants peers really means?

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  1. Bathbuddys

    Bathbuddys Verified Family Member Thomas Schramm

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    Hi,
    I have been watching Jury selection for 10 days now and am confused on why the courts and law says that we have the right to a jury of our peers?

    I am confused as Casey was born to two caucasian parents and her hispanic attorney is asking for minorities?, single men, women with no children, etc etc.
    Does anyone else feel confused on the meaning of a jury of one's peers?
     
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  3. xin

    xin New Member

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    maybe this should be asked in the questions for lawyers thread?
     
  4. Marina2

    Marina2 New Member

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    According to:

    http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/jury+of+one%27s+peers
    it means:

    jury of one's peers n. a guaranteed right of criminal defendants, in which "peer" means an "equal." This has been interpreted by courts to mean that the available jurors include a broad spectrum of the population, particularly of race, national origin and gender. Jury selection may include no process which excludes those of a particular race or intentionally narrows the spectrum of possible jurors. It does not mean that women are to be tried by women, Asians by Asians, or African Americans by African Americans.
     
  5. ynotdivein

    ynotdivein Retired WS Staff

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    Will leave this thread open for now, but am taking the original post over to the Verified Lawyer's thread. Think it is a great and relevant question, but I think our VLs will have an answer for us in short order.
     
  6. Jetaime

    Jetaime New Member

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    I think Marina answered that question very well, so I don't think I can add more to that question... but I don't think the DT are at all interested in a jury of ICA's peers because-- lets face it: ICA's peers are level headed, successful, well educated people. They want the exact opposite. Single men that have never had children. I hate to agree with the FB p juror re: how the defense wants him because he's single, AA, no children & and he's a man.
     
  7. Marina2

    Marina2 New Member

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    That man was everything the defense wanted all rolled up into one and he knew it.
     
  8. Just Jayla

    Just Jayla New Member

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    Yet this is precisely what some attorneys in some cases-cough cough OJ-seek.
     
  9. Mamabear1963

    Mamabear1963 New Member

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    If I remember from my HS government class it was to keep the upper class from ruling over the lower class and giving the government too much control over the little guy. In a way like the balance of power we see in our 3 part government (President, Judicial, Congress) Our founding Fathers hoped to avoid some of what they had just lived during the Colonial/Revolutionary days.

    In having a trial by jury, it keeps the government from having too much control.

    Most of the time it works...some times it back fires but that will happen in any institution where humans are involved.
     

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