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How jurors and the use of jury nullification impact trials

Does jury composition influence the outcome of a case? Why?

Explain how the jury composition may influence the outcome of a case and to what extent. Provide a rationale and examples to support your view.

Can a jury be influenced by the prosecution or the defense? If yes, how? If no, why?

Analyze whether jury nullification is an appropriate means to ensure social justice. Provide a rationale for your opinion.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of jury nullification? In your opinion, do the advantages of jury nullification outweigh the disadvantages? Why?

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Does jury composition influence the outcome of a case? Why? Explain how the jury composition may influence the outcome of a case and to what extent. Provide a rationale and examples to support your view.

Jury composition directly influences cases, which is why the striking of jurors by defense and prosecution teams is one of the most pivotal roles in the trial. Jury composition can influence cases because the background and beliefs of the juror could either assist the defense team or hamper their client's chances at being acquitted. In the same light jurors who are anti-death penalty would most certainly be removed in a death penalty case by the prosecutor because they would inhibit his or her chances of receiving this verdict if the prosecution gets the conviction.

Can a jury be influenced by the prosecution or the defense? If yes, how? If no, why?

Juries are supposed to ...

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This solution explains the importance of jurors and the use of jury nullification in criminal trials.

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