I have asked before, around here and elsewhere, if anybody has actully served on a jury, but not yet with a useful answer to be seen.
I wonder what effect it had upon the personal outlook because it had a big effect on mine, as it does for others, a best we may gather.
Yea, to some extent. I was a bit impressed with the precision of court procedures and the process in place. Yet I was a bit miffed by the amount to which some individuals - seemingly completely absent of the facts - allow sheer emotion to govern their judgment. But this was just my perspective, it's quite likely they grasped something I didn't.
The first one was a robbery case and rather quick conviction. The second one was assault and auto theft; I was one of 5 which held out "guilty" while 5 others held fast to "not guilty" and two vacillated to the point we became deadlocked after three days.
If Juries really did require themselves to know the whole truth and nothing but, and beyond a shadow of a doubt, would they ever convict anybody?
Probably not, which is probably why the instructions juries receive is to make their determination based on "reasonable doubt". This seems to strike some folks as murky. And no, in most cases there is always at least some (thus the "reasonable" part).
All systems which rely on humans to be objective (who are flawed, fickle and steered by emotion) will suffer this malady. I'm not sure there's a better way, all things considered.