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Juries Matter, Until They Don’t

• Simple Justice
.... a jury, by 8-4 vote, decided not to kill Mario Woodward for murdering police officer Keith Houts.  In most places, that would be the end of it. But not Alabama. Oh no. In Alabama, judges, who are elected and must thus show their constituents how they are worthy of their votes lest they find themselves forced to work for a living, have the power to “override” the jury. Death! So sayeth the Judge, after which he thanks the jury for their efforts and sends them on their way....

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