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The thing is, poor judgement PJ: HUH? | 42 comments | Create New Account
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The thing is, poor judgement PJ: HUH?
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, August 22 2012 @ 12:45 AM EDT
If it is standard procedure to read it out loud, why keep it at 109 pages? It
does sound too long to have someone's attention to details.

Also, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jury_instructions

"Jury instructions are given to the jury by the jury instructor, who
usually reads them aloud to the jury."

Note "usually". Maybe it varies among states.

Interestingly from the same web page:

"Several studies have discovered that subjects who received no jury
instructions comprehended the law better than subjects who received pattern
instructions.".

and

"In California, jury instructions were simplified to make them easier for
jurors to understand."

That wasn't in California. Nonetheless, those 109 pages may better be perfect or
it may end up as poor judgement after all. Still, you are correct in my
ignorance to the details but I still think 109 pages are more likely to include
some easy-to-misunderstand passages than 39 pages, whether read out loud or
written.

/IMANAL

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