posted on Mar, 24 2012 @ 05:02 AM
Having recently performed the duty of Jury Service, after being randomly selected from the electoral register, I would posit that ATS is not the best
forum for such a construct to spawn in. For one thing, contrary to the way they are portrayed in a courtroom drama, or other theatrical setting,
juries are made up of normal people, and these normal people have the ammusing habit of being able to justify slipping prejudice and personal feelings
into thier deliberations, and allow these things to affect the outcome of cases.
I was forever having to remind other jury members that our task was not to assess the character of a given witness or defendant, but to assess the
EVIDENCE, and decide, wether on its merits alone, the case on which we were working, would turn out with a guilty or a not guilty verdict.
Now, because I have a rudimentary understanding of science, and psychology, and the ability to follow instructions, I was able to contribute to the
deliberations, and prevent others from misinterpreting the brief set before us. If I had not been there, if no one in that group of twelve had the
ability to cut through the personal preferences, prejudices, insecurities and ignorance of that group, then an innocent man would have been sent to
jail, of that I have no doubt.
ATS is a place with a much better group of thinkers than you get in mainstream society, but that does not prevent the enormous intellects on this
site from being on occasion stubborn, obsfucatory, and biased. If anything, the focus that some of us put into being firmly on one side of a given
fence means that there are those of us who would be utterly unfit to examine anything with a totaly evidence based eye. Even if reasonable members
were to be in the mix for the proposed jury, the fanatical attitudes expressed by some members on some topics, would mean that any proposed jury would
be out until the middle of the next millenium.