Jury Selection

In the United States and Canada, Voir direoriginally referred to an oath taken by jurors to tell the truth. Today the term generally refers to the process by which prospective jurors are questioned about their backgrounds and potential biases before being selected for a jury. It is a process where both sides select jurors for removal until the seats and alternates are filled with the jurors they are most satisfied with. This is where many open minded people are eliminated from the group. Sharing an understanding of Jury Nullification concept at this point will result in dismissal.

The jury pool or jurors available to report for duty will certainly affect the possible outcome of any criminal trial. If a large portion of any major demographic of people are unavailable for jury duty, their opinion is not properly represented in the justice system. In the interest of justice, any citizen arrested should be given a fair and speedy trial by a jury of their peers. That is only possible if the jurors called, report for duty. Justice relies on diversity in jurors. Lack of diversity in jurors will lead to imbalance. For example, race-related hate crimes were judged poorly after the civil war. There were several reported imbalances where all white juries permitted the freedom of white men who were clearly guilty of murdering a black man. Or in the reverse, took freedom from a black man for defending himself from harm leading to the death of his white attacker. This perversion of justice illustrates for us how important jury service really is. Jury service is a duty to our fellow man to preserve justice for all, not the select few.

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For many today Jury Duty means missed income, daycare and travel arrangements, and other out of the ordinary burdens that complicate our already challenging lives. Others are so overwhelmed with the travesties of justice we see in the media that they don’t feel that their time would be well spent. So few realize that it is only through jury service that we can be the change we all want to see in the world today. Without diversity there will be no justice, make sure the pro-cannabis opinion is represented, vote your conscience, and be the solution.

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