People are used to having information at their fingertips and this is no different. They want ALL the information before they decide to send a guy to jail for 20 years. Facts are facts and let the jury decide what counts and what doesn't. I sat on a jury where a guy was accused of dealing drugs. we sat through 2 days of testimony and witnesses before the 2 sides agreed to a plea deal. it wasn't until AFTER that he told us this defendant was arrested and convited 8 times for the same offense. seriously, how is that not relevent in the case? character counts and like i said, facts are facts and him being arrested 8 times is a FACT i need to make my decision but the court decides to hide.
anyway, i'm starting to think the whole jury system needs an overhaul. When i served on the afore mentioned drug case, they dismissed jurors who I thought would make great jurors. people who admitted to using drugs in the past, people who's sons were used drugs, an ex-cop type person (wasn't a cop but worked for the police dept before retiring) who would have been great to have because part of the crossexamination was picking apart the cop's procedure. They also dismissed everyone who claimed financial hardship so all that was left on the jury were people with good jobs, retired or owned their own businesses. Right...like that was a jury of the guy's peers.
then speaking of dismissing jurors who actually know stuff, if a case involves a computer crime then what is the point of having someone on the jury who doesn't even know how to turn one on but that's who gets on. They can't see through the BS spewed by BOTH sides. so they fill juries with blind, inept people who can't pick out this from that in the testimony and now courts are complaining that people have the AUDACITY to actually educate themselves in order to make an informed decision. please. time to bring the court system back from the dark ages.