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Jury duty: Tension, division, debate and finally agreement

Jury duty: Tension, division, debate and finally agreement

Count me among the millions who were shocked and angry when juries failed to convict O.J. Simpson, Casey Anthony, George Zimmerman and others like them. "What is wrong with our juries?" I've too often wondered. Now I have joined them. I just served two days of jury service on a domestic-battery case in Orange County Circuit Court Judge Wayne Shoemaker's courtroom. After trying the case, I thought the guy did it, but eventually I voted, with the rest of my jury, to acquit. Now I understand. It's hard to convict someone. Legally hard. This was no easy decision for us. We jurors deliberated for nearly eight hours before reaching our verdict. And we reached it...

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