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12 Angry Men A nineteen-year-old boy has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father He doesnt stand a chance mutters the guard as the twelve jurors are taken into the bleak jury room It looks like an open-and-shut case until one of the jurors begins opening the others eyes to the facts This drama explores the lives of a dozen American men from very diverse backgrounds as they are forced to decide whether a young man accused of homicide is innocent or guilty For several of them thoughtful discourse is unfamiliar and the jurors find their greatest challenge in confronting each other But by this single mans reasonable hesitation to condemn a man for life imprisonment caused the rest of the jurors to betray their own prejudices and re-examine the facts in this thoughtful drama Jury panels are generally supposed to be a panel of twelve people that are representatives of the community The jurors are really the most important participants in a criminal trial The sole purpose of a jury is to come to a relevant verdict in regards to the facts presented in a case In reaching a verdict the jury must be unanimous That is every juror must agree with the verdict because it is not reached through what we generally think of as the democratic process in which the outcome is decided by the majority Where there are differences of opinion amongst the jurors each juror should listen carefully and with an open mind to all other points of view When this is done a unanimous decision is often possible but if any juror after complete deliberation still does not agree with the majority he or she should not change position just to allow a unanimous verdict to be reached This is the way a jury should go about reaching a verdict the right way In this case as in many others the jurors that make
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