The lawyer as juror
Central Illinois blawgger Jeremy J. Richey conducted a revealing interview with Brian Pedigo, a California lawyer who found himself on a jury and thus saw the sausage being made (indeed, helped make the sausage). Here's a representative quote: "Jurors have their minds made up before they enter the deliberation room, even though they’re not supposed to. It takes a very persuasive juror to change the mind of another. Also, jurors use common sense almost to a fault. Sometimes their common-sense opinions are not relevant or related to the actual law." Read the whole interview here. Richey hosts The East Central Illinois Criminal Law & DUI Weblog.