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Jury selection (Posted on 2003-03-13) Difficulty: 2 of 5
In the jury selection phase of a murder trial, one of the attorneys asked a prospective juror:

"Would you be able to enter a guilty verdict if you knew that such a verdict would condemn the defendant to death?"

The person replied: "No. I beleive that human life is the most important thing, and must be preserved above all else."

The lawyer asked: "So you will hold to this even though it may keep you off this jury?"

"Yes," the person replied.

How did the lawyer know he was lying?

See The Solution Submitted by levik    
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One thing we know is that the man had to contradict himself in order for the lawyer to know he was lying, so i think his saying "yes" meant that he would keep himself off the jury so he wouldn't enter a death plea, but this is where he contradicts himself. He wouldn't enter a death plea anyway, so why would he be scared of going on them jury?n Because he would enter a death plea? I really don't know how to exp[lain this concept any further. Isn't this more of a paradox?
  Posted by Alan on 2003-03-13 08:06:42
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