These juror interviews are interesting:
I don’t know which number she was. She voted for the death penalty. Looking at her “demeanor”, she appears to me to be not so much hard minded as just…hard. Not to mention tight-lipped. You could also say this interview is anecdotal proof that there’s a pretty strong correlation between people who strongly feel they “have a duty” to be jurors and people who as jurors are likely to find guilt and sentence to death.
That’s another thing that makes it so difficult to represent criminal defendants: the people you don’t want as jurors want to be jurors; and the people you do want as jurors are trying to get out of it.
One other interesting thing. There doesn’t seem to be any real animus toward the defendant here, at least not in an emotional way, but this was still a vote for death. She doesn’t explain her decision real well and doesn’t really seem to feel a need to.
I don’t mean these as criticisms, just observations. Selecting a jury, by the way, is considered by many to be the single most important thing you do in a jury trial.
Finally, it’s disturbing that other than the foreman, the only jurors who are speaking so far are the ones who voted in favor of the DP. It’s like they’re not afraid of repercussions, but the others are. We’ve been concerned about this intimidation of jurors phenomenon around here a lot more since the Casey Anthony trial.