Today I learned of George Remus, who after being released from jail for bootlegging, murdered his estranged wife in broad daylight. She had stolen his fortune and attempted to have him killed after running off with a corrupt federal agent. He was acquitted by a jury after only 19 minutes of deliberation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
In State v. Linkhaw, the North Carolina Supreme Court reversed the conviction of a man who sang so badly in church that a jury had found him guilty of "disturbing a religious congregation." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
The original drummer of The Offspring became a gynecologist, and during the initial stages of a malpractice trial, he performed CPR and used a defibrillator to save the life of a potential juror. The judge had to declare a mistrial because the rest of the jury would likely be biased in his favor thecut.com/2018/03/offspr…
Today I learned about Judith Catchpole, a young maidservant in the colony of Maryland, who was tried in 1656 for witchcraft and killing her newborn child. The judge summoned an all-female jury, who determined that Judith did not kill her child - in fact, there were no signs that Judith had even been pregnant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
18 influential post-war Abstract Expressionism artists declined to submit their works in 1950 to the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition due to a biased jury. Claiming only "Advanced Art" historically made any consequential contribution to civilization in the past 100 years. artnews.com/art-news/arti…
Today I learned about the 21 month long Jubilee line corruption trial, the longest jury trial in UK history. 2 jurors were discharged for personal reasons. One was promised she would be able to get married and go on honeymoon which were cancelled. The trial ended (with acquittals) when a juror β€œwent on strike”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jub…
In 1871 criminal defense attorney Clement Vallandigham argued his clientβ€”accused of murderβ€”is innocent by conjecturing the victim accidentally shot himself. While demonstrating to the jury, Vallandigham accidentally shot himself dead with the same gun. His client was acquitted on those grounds. uknowledge.uky.edu/cgi/vi…
In 2018 a 4-year-old Pennsylvania boy was summoned for jury duty. He explained he had preschool that day and so could not serve. time.com/5243086/boy-summ…
"jerry-rigged" is actually spelled "jury-rigged," from "jury" as in "temporary" and "rig" from its sailing origins. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jur…
The jury selection for the O. J. Simpson trial had very strict rules about exposure to the media. One juror was excluded for watching cartoons with her children, another for waking up to a clock radio. When a book about O. J. and Nicole came out, jurors were warned to keep out of bookstores law2.umkc.edu/faculty/pro…
A Grand Jury can indict a DNA sample in order to press pause on the statute of limitations. In Brittani Marcell's case, a drop of blood believed to belong to the suspect was indicted on the charges, in order to give detectives time to figure out who it belonged to. abcnews.go.com/US/dad-fac…
Bushell’s case established that juries cannot be punished for the verdict they return. This arose after a jury was locked up after they returned a verdict in the trial of two Quakers (one of whom was William Penn, the future founder of Pennsylvania) that infuriated the judge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bus…
When a jury convicted Jane Wenham of witchcraft in 1712, due to witnesses accusing her of flying on a broomstick and bewitching servants, the sceptical judge refused to execute her and instead sought a royal pardon, noting that there was β€œno law against flying.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan…
In the State of Louisiana, convicted felons are barred from serving on a jury for life, but not from holding any elected position. restoration.ccresourcecen…
In 2013, San Diego's City Attorney prosecuted a man for writing anti-bank messages in washable chalk on a public sidewalk. He faced 13 counts of vandalism and thousands of dollars in restitution. The jury acquitted him of all charges. sandiegoreader.com/weblog…
Scotland has an additional criminal verdict known as the 'barstard verdict' or 'not proven' as well as 'guilty' and 'not guilty'. The 'barstard verdict' can be used the jury when they feel the person is guilty, but not enough proofs have been shown by the crown. (It is treated as an aquittal). theconversation.com/scotl…
An 81 year old man called Giles Corey, accused of being a wizard in 1692, was the only man in American history to be subjected to death by pressing in an attempt to get him to submit to trial by jury. It is said that his response to the torture was to tell them to add 'more weight.' historyofmassachusetts.or…
Today I learned about Keith Cutler, a judge summoned to be a juror on a case he was presiding over. When he applied to be excused from jury service he was initially declined, and was told to write to the resident judge, to which he replied: "I am the resident judge." bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england…
Serial killer Ed Kemper befriended the very police officers investigating his murders, and would socialize with them at a bar called the β€œJury Room”. They called him β€œBig Ed” and never suspected him. When he initially confessed, they thought he was pulling a prank. tpgonlinedaily.com/dark-s…
When FDR appointed Frances Perkins as Secretary of Labor in 1933, making her the first woman cabinet officer and entering her into the presidential line of succession, laws in a majority of states would still have prevented her from serving on a jury en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wom…
Monty Python sued ABC over their censorship of season 4 of their show. ABC had cut punchlines and entire characters. The judge and jury watched two versions of a season 4 episode; a BBC one they laughed at, and an edited ABC one which no one laughed at. The judge ruled in ABC’s favour. montypython.com/tvshow_Mo…
Today I learned of a Florida Man who asked to show his penis to the jury to bolster his defense that he accidentally asphyxiated his gf during oral sex local10.com/news/2017/05/…
Today I learned of Harold Shipman, an English GP who is believed to be the most prolific serial killer in history. In 2000, a jury found Shipman guilty of the murder of 15 patients under his care, with his total number of victims estimated to be around 250. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
In 1946, a black WWII veteran was taking a bus home in uniform, and asked the driver to stop for a bathroom break. The driver called the police, and the local chief of police arrested the man, beat him, and gouged out his eyes with a nightstick. The officer was acquitted by an all-white jury. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isa…
In 1899 Pearl Hart "flirted with the jury, bending them to her will" and was acquitted even though she admitted robbing a stage coach. legendsofamerica.com/we-p…
US you do not actually have the right to a trial by jury unless the sentence is greater than 6 months nolo.com/legal-encycloped…
After South Park aired the episode Chef Aid, the term 'Chewbacca Defense' entered the legal lexicon. The legal strategy aims to deliberately confuse juries than refute cases. The practice was widely used by lawyers before the episode, but South Park gave it a term. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
In a legal battle after the September 11th attacks, the leaseholder of the WTC claimed that he was owed double insurance payments, as each attack was a separate event, but lost in court, in which the jury decided it was actually one attack cnn.com/2004/LAW/04/29/at…
Today I learned about Nelly Bly, America’s first investigative journalist who faked being crazy and was sent to an asylum, where she experienced misdiagnosis, abuse, and harassment. In 1887, β€œBehind Asylum Bars” was printed. A grand jury investigation soon forced NYC to allocate more money for the mentally ill. pbs.org/newshour/nation/h…
In 1987 a jury awarded Michael Donald's mother $7 million in damages against the United Klans of America after 4 members lynched her son in '81 & this settlement bankrupted the organization. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyn…
Playboy Playmate Miss March 1957 Saundra Edwards killed her ex-husband with a shotgun blast through the heart when he broke into the house where she was staying. The jury ruled the shooting as justifiable homicide. The scandal, however, abruptly ended her acting career en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sau…
Newton & Leibniz, both independently came up with Calculus at roughly the same time. To get the sole credit, the Royal Society acted as the jury, whose President was Newton. Newton even wrote a review on his own work to get the credit. However, the calculus notations that we use are from Leibniz youtu.be/LN--erHStqA
A jury of 12 black and 12 white men was recruited by United States Circuit Court in preparation for the trial of Jefferson Davis the president of the Confederation. In the end no trials took place, one reason being that if lost the decision could validate that secession was constitutional. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jef…
During the trial that would lead his execution, Socrates chose death over dishonor by insulting the jury in the greatest way possible. When asked what his punishment should be, he said he deserves praise and that the city should throw him a large banquet in the olympic champions dining hall worldfuturefund.org/Repor…
Will Ferrell performed for the sequestered OJ Simpson jury while a part of The Groundlings comedy troupe laweekly.com/will-ferrell…
Today I learned of 'teen courts,' which are used to prosecute adolescents in which the jury is made up of teenagers in order to lower the number of repeat offenders en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tee…
Today I learned about the "Toxic woman" aka Gloria Ramirez who was admitted to Riverside hospital in So Cal in 1994. Staff who treated her began feeling ill and were hospitalised themselves. After numerous theories, chemical analyses and publications, the jury is still out on this very strange medical case discovermagazine.com/1995…
In 1986, 12 members of a Florida jury got stuck in the courthouse elevator for 20 minutes. The jurors were hearing a case against the Otis elevator company. articles.orlandosentinel.…
17 year old Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra was the first runner-up in Miss India 2000 competition because one of the jury members felt her complexion was β€œtoo dark” indianexpress.com/article…
Today I learned of the Chewbacca Defense, a legal tactic that confuses the jury rather than factually refuting the opponent's case. The term originated in an episode of "South Park" that satirized the closing argument of the O.J Simpson trial, and is now widely used. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
A Wisconsin jury awarded $26M to an executive who was fired for discussing the Seinfeld episode featuring "Delores" with a female colleague. It was the largest award in Wisconsin history. corporate.findlaw.com/hum…
In Texas a jury can give the final sentence for murder instead of a judge. As a result, Texas has "misdemeanor murders" where a convicted murderer gets a light sentence like probation because the defense convinced the jury that the victim deserved it. dallasnews.com/news/inves…
A major tobacco company was sued for allegedly using company vans in the 1960s to make trips to housing projects where free Newport cigarettes were given to children. A jury ruled against the tobacco company, which was ordered to pay over $35 million in damages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
The ancient greeks used to choose their politicians via a method called "sortition", much like how potential jurors are selected today. And, like jury duty, it was seen as an inconvenience to those selected. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sor…
Germany started using jury trials the Middle Ages, but a constitutional crisis in 1924 led to an emergency decree abolishing juries and replacing them with the mixed system of judges and lay judges that is still used today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
One of the charges against Marie Antoinette included incestuous relations with her son Louis-Charles, who was forced to testify that his mother had molested him. After a two-day show trial, an all-male jury found the former queen guilty on all charges and unanimously condemned her to death. history.com/news/10-thing…
A jury was able to convict an accused bank robber after they discovered the impression of a holdup note in a notebook the defendant owned. The prosecution had missed it when presenting the notebook as evidence. savannahnow.com/article/2…
In 1944 a black teenager named George Stinney was accused of murdering two white girls on flimsy evidence, he was tried without legal representation with an all-white jury, and he was executed by electric chair at the age of 14 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Today I learned of the Kleroterion, a device used by ancient Athenians to randomly select citizens for state councils, offices and court juries during their period of democracy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kle…
A man won the right to a retrial as members of the jury used a Ouija board to contact the victims. independent.co.uk/news/uk…

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