Jury Deliberation

Today I returned to the courthouse in the county in which I live. I am a member of a 12 person jury which is in the process of determining whether to convict or acquit a person on three separate counts brought by the county District Attorney. Yesterday, we heard evidence and testimonies. All of the evidence is circumstantial. The charges are all based on suppositions that the person charged “intended” to break the law. So, instead of actually trying a person for being caught committing a crime, we are to determine guilt or innocence that that person intended to break the law. All physical evidence was in a place other than this person’s physical possession, but the state is arguing that it was still in his control. The “intent” we are to agree or disagree with is based upon some evidence found on this person that is in no way illegal to own or possess. Continue reading