12 Angry Men

9. After reading this play, do you agree that verdicts in criminal trials should be unanimous and that jurors should vote for guilt only if they are convinced of the defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt?

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Yes, in my opinion it is very important that the jurors agree on a verdict. This formula allows for debate and further consideration of the facts that have been presented. The jury system is by no means perfect, but a consensus is integral. Too many innocent people have been convicted throughout history, irregardless of the requirement that the verdict had to be unanimous. I feel that a majority rule and lack of debate would amplify this number. The text of 12 Angry Men illustrates this perfectly.


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