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Father Gets a New Trial in the Death of His Little Boy

• Phoenix New Times

The allegations, some of which were stunning, led to an extended court hearing where the judge and attorneys for both the prosecution and defense questioned each panelist — 12 deliberating jurors and three remaining alternates.

A hearing designed to dissect the goings-on inside a jury room is rare, and the deputy county attorneys prosecuting Martinson objected to it repeatedly. But Judge Duncan allowed the testimony, and the defendant's legal team, Mike Terribile and Treasure Van Dreumel, wound up winning a new trial.
[The forewoman was a clerk at the AZ Supreme Court while another juror worked for the US Marshals Service.  OMG! RUFKM?!]

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Comment by Rod Souza
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The power of the judge or prosecutor over the jury is in direct proportion to the jury’s ignorance.

Red Beckman

Comment by Powell Gammill
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Be sure to read the backstory too:

Unbelievable!  Not only do you get to peer into the minds (what little of it there is) of the jury system, you realize how screwed anybody is in front of a jury.