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…
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…
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…
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
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
That, in 1973, America’s Army Material Command (AMC) ran a competition to name it’s new building. After receiving over 500 entries, a jury selected the winner: β€œAMC Building” weirduniverse.net/blog/co…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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 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…
Ukraine qualified for the 2012 eurovision final despite being 2nd to last place in televoting in their semi-final and being 3rd among the jury vote. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eur…
In order to legally busk in the Paris Metro, musicians have to successfully audition before a jury and qualify for one of the 250 to 300 licences handed out. telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
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…
On 1915, Harry J. Haiselden, doctor in the German-American Hospital in Chicago, let several disabled newborns die for eugenical purposes, and was acquitted by juries en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
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…
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 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…
Porter Rockwell, the wild west lawman, was once accused of the attempted assassination of Missouri governor Lilburn Boggs. The jury were convinced of his innocence in part by his reputation as a deadly gunslinger and his statement that he "never shot at anybody, if I shoot they get shot!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Por…
, in the Scopes Trial regarding the teaching of evolution in schools, the TN supreme court threw out the conviction not because they believed the statute was illegal, but on a technicality because the original judge had determined the fine, and not the jury en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sco…
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…
J.R.R. Tolkien was nominated by fellow author CS Lewis for the 1961 Nobel Prize in Literature, but was overlooked because the jury said the quality of his storytelling wasn’t good enough. bbc.com/news/entertainmen…
In the 50's and 60's, a single Florida town known as "nub city" was responsible for 2/3rds of America's dismemberment insurance claims. No one was ever convicted of insurance fraud, because juries had a hard time believing even Floridians would be insane enough to cut off their own hands. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ver…
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…
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…
In United States v. Watts, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that a jury’s verdict of acquittal does not preclude a sentencing court from considering the acquitted conduct in sentencing the defendant oyez.org/cases/1996/95-19…
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…
Athenian citizens were given a small payment to participate in democracy, just like jury duty en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ath…
John Mullowney aka Sean na Sagart, a convicted horse thief, had his death sentence commuted by a grand jury and was appointed as a serial killer of Catholic priests aka Priest Hunter around 1709. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
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.…
Today I learned of David Bain, a man accused and convicted of murdering his mother, father, and three younger siblings when he was 22. He was acquitted after a second trial in 2009 after having spent 13 years in prison. The retrial jury took less than a day to render Bain not guilty on all five counts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bai…
Oregon now alone in allowing non-unanimous jury convictions oregonlive.com/pacific-no…
A man named Curtis Flowers has been tried six times for the same crime and is currently sat on death row awaiting a US Supreme Court ruling on whether or not there was racial bias in jury selection en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cur…
In 1994, A Jury Convicted A Man Of Murder After Getting Drunk The Night Before And Using A Ouija Board To Contact The Victims. abc.net.au/news/2018-05-0…
An Alford plea,in United States law, is a guilty plea in criminal court, whereby a defendant does not admit to the act and asserts innocence. In entering the plea, the defendant admits that the evidence would be likely to persuade a judge or jury to find them guilty beyond a reasonable doubt en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alf…
Today I learned of Maud de Braose and her son William who were starved to death by King John of England (of Robin Hood fame). Their deaths prompted "Clause 39" of the Magna Carta demanding fair trials and jury of peers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mau…
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…
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…
In 1841 a mid-western U.S. militia group called the Regulators had a makeshift 'jury' trial against captured Banditti members, resulting in a 111 member jury panel who then served as the firing squad. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ban…
Trial attorney Mark Lanier offered to settle an asbestos lawsuit against Carborundum for $10,000. They declined and it went to trial. The jury awarded $118,000,000. youtube.com/watch?v=A8b__…
Jurors can legally return a 'not guilty' verdict if they believe the law is unjust regardless of whether or not the defendant actually committed the crime through a process called 'jury nullification' but judges rarely inform juries of this power. nytimes.com/2011/12/21/op…
In Louisiana and Oregon, a jury can convict a murder suspect with just a 10-2 vote. In Louisiana, this law came from Jim Crow. In Oregon, it's from anti-Semitism in the 30s. nola.com/crime/index.ssf/…
When the makers of OxyContin were sued by Kentucky over the drug, a survey was run to see if a jury would be impartial. Almost 40% of residents knew someone with criminal trouble because of the drug, 33% said they knew someone who overdosed/was seriously hurt, and 29% knew someone who died. bloomberg.com/news/articl…
Jefferson Davis was never tried for treason in part because the federal government feared he may convince a jury that secession was not illegal. history.com/news/10-thing…
When Apollo 11 was returning to Earth, the tracking station at Guam failed. To jury-rig repairs, the station director brought in his 10-year-old son, whose hands were small enough to get inside the faulty machinery and pack it full of grease. cnn.com/2009/TECH/space/0…
Film Critic Roger Ebert was quoted saying, β€œI would rather attend a dusk-to-dawn Chris Farley film festival than sit through any 5 minutes of (Pauly Shore in) Jury Duty.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jur…
Carl King, with no prior background in law, took it upon himself to prove his friend was innocent after being jailed for 21 years. The jury convicted Colin Warner on charges of second degree murder based solely on the eyewitness testimony from a 14 year old boy who admitted to lying on the stand latimes.com/entertainment…
Ben Folds showed up to a jury recital at University of Miami's music school with a broken hand from defending his roommate from bullies the night before, but was required to play anyway. He ended up losing his scholarship and in desperation threw his drum kit into his campus' lake. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
The reason there are no juries in the first Phoenix Wright game is because juries were suspended in 1943 in Japan until 2009. The first PW game was released in 2001. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cri…
In the state of New Hampshire, defense attorneys are legally entitled to inform juries of their right to return a not guilty verdict even when they believe a defendant is guilty, otherwise known as Jury Nullification artvoice.com/2016/06/09/d…
Today I learned of former judge Donald Thompson who was convicted of indecent exposure after he exposed himself several times during jury trials. His was witnessed using a penis pump "almost daily" during a murder trial and a "whooshing" sound could be heard on audio recordings of the proceedings. usatoday30.usatoday.com/n…
A convicted murderer was once granted a retrial after it was discovered that four members of the jury used a Ouija board to contact the victim before rendering their verdict. sixthformlaw.info/02_case…
Today I learned about Henry Ward Beecher, a Protestant preacher who was one of the most famous Americans in the 1800s and gave support to causes such as abolishing slavery, temperance to alcohol and women's suffrage, but was later put on trial for adultery (which resulted in a hung jury) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Today I learned about the Alford Guilty Plea, in which the defendant does not admit to the crime and will defend their innocence, but admits that the jury may find them guilty based on the evidence presented. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alf…
John DeLorean, creator of the DeLorean DMC-12, was a fraudster and caught in a Government drug sting looking for funds to save his dying company. He was deemed not guilty for both charges by a jury and was claiming a new car was in the works right up until he died at 80 years old. theoutline.com/post/6776/…
After the murder of civil rights activist Medgar Evers in 1963, his alleged murderer was tried by an all-white jury who deadlocked twice and failed to convict. In 1994, Evers was discovered to be so well embalmed that forensic autopsy was still possible, leading to his murderers conviction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emb…
Despite 3 different scientists returning a negative paternity test, Charlie Chaplin was forced to pay child support for 21 years because of a Jury decision of 11-1 that yes, he was the father. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Today I learned of John Wilson, Speaker of the Arkansas House. In 1837, he stabbed & killed another State Rep while the assembly was in session. After getting acquitted for murder, he took the jury out for drinks. A couple years later, he was re-elected to the House. encyclopediaofarkansas.ne…
Today I learned of William Walker a US private citizen who raised private armies to invade Central American states. He was acquitted by an American jury in 1853 after unsuccessfully invading Mexico and latter when on to successfully invaded Nicaragua in 1856 becoming its president until his defeat in 1857. youtu.be/uTC9RFZlNV8
In 1994, Stella Liebeck sued McDonald's after spilling hot coffee in her lap, leaving her with third degree burns. Liebeck initially sued for $20,000 to cover her medical and living expenses, but the jury ultimately awarded her $160,000 plus an extra $640,000 for punitive damages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lie…
It is Possible for the Jury in a criminal trial to find the accused not-guilty despite being legally guilty as they believe the law to be unjust/wrong. This is known as Jury Nullification. legal-dictionary.thefreed…
Oprah Winfrey hired the company Courtroom Sciences, Inc. to help her analyze and read the jury during her Texas cattlemen lawsuit. She was so impressed by the head of the company, Phil McGraw, that she eventually had him appear weekly on her show, before his own show was launched. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
A convicted murderer was once granted a retrial after it was discovered that four members of the jury used a Ouija board to contact the victim before rendering their verdict. sixthformlaw.info/02_case…
WWE's Bray Wyatt went to jury duty in full character in order to become comfortable in his new gimmick uproxx.com/prowrestling/b…
Many European countries (such as the Netherlands and France) do not have juries in their legal system. Instead, cases are decided by one or more judges. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
During his trial for beastiality, Paul Lovell was asked why he decided to have sex with a sheep. He said he turned his attention to the sheep after a cow rejected his advances for felatio. The jury erupted in laughter. breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2…
There is a 50 sq. mile area of the U.S. within Yellowstone National Park dubbed the "Zone of Death." Legal scholars assert that due to certain technicalities involving finding a suitable jury, a person could potentially murder someone and not have to stand trial. vox.com/2014/5/22/5738756…
Stephen Baldwin filed a $3.8 million lawsuit against Kevin Costner in 2010 over oil-separating technology that was used to help solve the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In 2012, a jury sided with Costner and awarded Baldwin no damages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Before broadcasting it on national television, a TV station - KTLA - edited out ten seconds of the video that showed Rodney King charging the officers that beat him. The edited footage was later cited by members of the jury as essential to the acquittal of the officers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
American juries can nullify a law by ignoring it, and letting the defendant go free. lawyers.com/~/link.aspx?_…
Today I learned of defense attorney Richard Haynes. During the murder trial of millionaire T. Cullen Davis, he charged the FBI with botching an investigation, telling the jury, "If they worked for you, you’d fire ’em. Come to think of it, they do work for you." He also once won 163 drunk driving cases in a row. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
In Louisiana, a jury can convict someone with just a 10-2 vote. The Innocence Project New Orleans says out of 42 exonerated people, 11 of them had been convicted by a non-unanimous jury. nola.com/crime/index.ssf/…
Helen Keller was a eugenist in favor of using juries of physicians to decide which "malformed idiot babies" should die. disabilitymuseum.org/dhm/…
, In 2008 4 women sued Girls Gone Wild for emotional distress after being in one of their films an all female jury declined to award damages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gir…
A civil jury found found that Martin Luther King, Jr. had been the victim of assassination by a conspiracy involving the Memphis police as well as federal agencies. The King family sought a mere $100 in restitution to show that they were not pursuing the case for financial gain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ass…
The jury trials in the State of Louisiana does not require a unanimous decision. Guilty verdicts can be reached with just 10 / 12 jurors. sulc.edu/wp-content/uploa…
Killing someone to prevent the theft of property is legal in Texas. A jury used that standard to acquit a man who shot a prostitute who ran away with his money in 2013. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/M…
When mock juries are presented with pictures of men accused of crimes like rape, the juries are much more likely to believe the bearded man is guilty. nbcnews.com/health/body-o…
Hugh Hefner was tried on obscenity charges in Chicago in 1963, but the jury was hung. chicagoist.com/2009/04/10…
Mr. T showed up for jury duty, in character, and posed for pictures with the defendant's family. weinterrupt.com/2009/04/m…
The cost of sequestering the jury during O.J. Simpson's murder trial was 3 million dollars. ew.com/recap/the-people-v…
Today I learned of Emmett Till, a 14 year old black teenager that was killed in 1955 for allegedly flirting with a white female. The murderers were acquitted in trial by an all-white jury. biography.com/people/emme…
Than in 1881 a woman got away with murdering a man who broke off their engagement by using the "hysteria defense," i.e., a doctor told the jury that "Any virtuous woman when deprived of her virtue would go mad, undoubtedly." The jury acquitted her in 20 minutes. cheekyhistory.blogspot.co…
Juries can choose not to convict even if they know the defendant is guilty. It's called Jury Nullification and protected by the Constitution. nytimes.com/2011/12/21/op…
Will Purvis, who was convicted of murder in 1894 and had always maintained his innocence, told the jury he would "live longer than the lot of them". He survived a hanging, was re-incarcerated, and eventually pardoned and released. He died in 1938, three days after the last juror had died. murderpedia.org/male.P/p/…
In 1989, an innocent man named Carlos was served death penalty because the jury confused him for another Carlos who looked just like him, and even had the same height. There was no attempt on the part of the investigators to even investigate the cause. theguardian.com/world/201…
Today I learned of Isaac Woodard, An African-American World War II veteran who was attacked while still in uniform by a South Carolina police chief Lynwood Shull and his police officers. Woodard was blinded for the rest of his life. Shull was later acquitted by an all-white jury. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isa…
A man was sentenced to life without parole for accountability murder while the man he was charged for aiding was acquitted by a separate jury en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
Today I learned of Anne Roche who in 1826, bathed four-year-old Michael Leahy, who was unable to speak or stand, three times in a river until he drowned. She swore that she was merely attempting to drive a fairy, out of him. A jury acquitted her of murder. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Court Reporters use a specialized chorded keyboard called a stenotype machine to type out testimonies and jury charges at speeds of 180-300 words per minute. The stenotype has far fewer keys than the typical typewriter for ease of typing. Most words are spelled phonetically (i.e. K-A-T = cat) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cou…
Jerry rigged is used for poor or haphazard construction. Jury rigged rigged means clever or ingenious construction. brians.wsu.edu/2016/05/19…

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