Essay on Twelve Angry Men

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Twelve Angry Men

The jury in a trial is selected to examine certain facts and determine truth based only upon
the evidence presented to them in court. It is assumed that the jurors will judge fairly and
without any personal bias. In spite of this assumption people will be people and in some
cases, logic and emotion will collide. An excellent example that shows precisely what I'm
talking about is in the movie Twelve Angry Men. Twelve men who initially are strangers
to each other have the fate of a young boy resting in the palm of their hands. In the
beginning everyone is convinced he is guilty except one who has one reasonable doubt in
his mind. The single man on his own was able to convince each of them by using logic to
examine the testimony of each witness. After a few hours of reasoning the jurors were
eventually won over allowing the facts to overcome their personal issues.
During the arguments in the jury room the issues of race, age,
social class, personal experience and stereo types are discussed a number of times. I
presume it is because those are the personal issues that people have and sometimes that is
what they base their judgment on. When you are in a jury you have the responsibility of
setting all of that aside. Through the reasoning of the not-guilty voters the guilty voters
are slowly realizing that despite their passed and personal reasons they have to take into
consideration the more important actual events that occurred. Part of the problem the
jurors are having is that they have their own issues that are causing them to vote guilty.
They're voting guilty for all the wrong reasons. Not because of fact but because of past
experiences and other issues. That is why today in our legal system the jurors are now
questioned to ensure they aren't racist or hold a personal bias against anyone.
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