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?
The lawyer does NOT know the prospective juror is lying!
If a person believed truth was of equal paramount importance as that of human life, then the person would not lie in an attempt to get on a jury.
First, it would be only a possibility the jury would provide a guilty verdict. Second, his stance does not guarantee his not being admitted to the jury where he may provide his input to convince the other jury members that life is paramount.
Posted by Dej Mar
on 2007-04-04 11:08:10