Consider the process and considerations of jury decision making. Do the courts take enough account of the various factors of personal and group dynamics that influence jurors? How might the extent to which these factors influence decision making be moderated?
I do not believe that the courts take enough account of the various factors of personal and group dynamics that influence jurors. Due to the fact that we are constitutionally guaranteed the right to be tried by a jury of our peers, the US legal system seems to interpret this as selecting citizens for jury duty despite the ramifications of race, gender, socio economics, and demographics. All of these factors would have varying effects on each juror' life experiences and or thinking patterns and beliefs, which will invariably affect the interrelationship and the personal and group dynamics within a group of jurors. In many cases, these factors can have a detrimental effect on the ability of the jurors to work as a cohesive and efficient team, in seeking to ascertain the facts of a particular case, and to come up with a reasonable and justifiable verdict ...