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Choosing a jury for a fraud trial.

You are facing a jury trial because the corporation you work for has accused you of fraud and embezzlement. If found guilty, you could serve up to 10 years in prison.

The court is piloting a new program that allows defendants to choose some characteristics that are present in the jury of their peers.

Which three characteristics would you want your jury members to possess? Why?
Explain how jury members with these characteristics may influence the sentence you receive. Provide rationale and examples to support your opinion.
Which three characteristics you feel would make no difference if your jury members possess them or not? Why?

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Which three characteristics would you want your jury members to possess? Why? Explain how jury members with these characteristics may influence the sentence you receive. Provide rationale and examples to support your opinion.

The first characteristic that I would want the jurors to display is education. I would rather have jurors with bachelor and master degrees as their education level would possibly indicate that their economic level is consummate to my lifestyle, which could lead to a mutual understanding and respect. Secondly, I would want at least one juror that is anti-capitalist if I were guilty of the offenses as this person would be more willing to acquit or not convict to stick it to the ...

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This solution takes a hypothetical view of how the academic expert would chose a jury for a client on trial for embezzlement.

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