posted on Jun, 30 2007 @ 12:55 PM
Juries tend to believe the stupid old belief that if a cop arrests a person, then they must be guilty. It takes a lot of inner strength to put
personal feelings aside totally and hear evidence in a neutral manner.
Also, most juries will give great credence to an eyewitness, and eyewitnesses can be the LEAST reliable witness there is. Virtually ALL of the
people being released from Death Row and long prison terms, hundreds so far in the USA alone. were identified by an eyewitness as the perp. They were
wrong. Judges who limit defense attorneys ability to cross examine critical witnesses, denial of evidence that shows innocence, it is all stacked
against the defendant. So when a jury gets strict instructions from a Judge to think a certain way, they do and bad verdicts are the result.
Eyewitnesses are often pressured by the cops to pick out certain people they think are guilty, pressured to ' protect the neighborhood ' by finding
a person guilty, etc. If they are wrong, an innocent goes to jail, often for decades, before a DNA test shows their innocence.
We need a better system than this; no doubt the innocent have already been executed. too late for them but not too late for us if we demand change
and expect the system to protect the accused; after all, the presumption of innocence is the very heart of our protections against false charges and
we do not have to prove innocence, they must prove guilt. But that is all too easy when the prosecutors just want a convviction at all costs to look
good, cops will arrest and charge for anything or nothing at all, and Judges are usually just prosecutors who screwed enough people to get elected or
appointed to a higher post.
There is not any real way to change it unless the people get riled up, but that is hard to do when the Idol show is on or Paris is batting her
eyelashes. God help us all in America; if this is the BEST system in the world, the world is a screwed up mess for sure.