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…
In 1884, a botched bank robbery in Arizona resulted in the robbers murdering four people, including a pregnant woman. Five of six accused robbers were sentenced to death, one was sentenced to life in prison. After the verdict a mob broke into the jail and lynched the one sentenced to life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bis…
Today I learned about Cruentation, a medieval method of finding proof against a suspected murderer. The accused was brought before the corpse of the murder victim and was made to put his hands on it. If the wounds of the corpse began to bleed, it was regarded as God's verdict that the accused was guilty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cru…
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…
Milada HorΓ‘kovΓ‘ was a Czech politician who helped people flee the Nazi and Communist regimes in Czechoslovakia. She was executed for treason in 1950 just to have her verdict reversed 18 years later and receive multiple rewards for her heroic work globaloutlooknews.org/pos…
Many versions of The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby are headed by the Vonnegut quote "Verdict: Excellent book by a genius". However, these editions remove the last words of the quote, which is "Excellent book by a genius who will do anything to get attention". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The Talmud rules that an unanimous verdict by the Sanhedrin (Jewish court) must be thrown out and the defendant must be exonerated! The alleged guilt of the defendant is immaterial and the defendant walks away a free man. digitalcommons.pace.edu/c…
The French general that lost the battle of Trafalgar, was found dead a year later in a French hotel with six stab wounds in his left lung and one in his heart. His death was ruled a suicide. This verdict was heavily mocked by contemporary British press. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pie…
The Soviet Union used assessors instead of jurors. Like jurors assessors were lay citizens who would decide guilt. Unlike jurors, assessors sat with judges, could allow or deny objections, and voted on the verdict with the judge(s). Higher court assessors were elected to their position. [PDF] scholarlycommons.law.case…
In the 80s, three brothers from Florida got HIV from medicine made to help cope with their haemophilia. After first being disallowed to go to school, a federal court ruled they were allowed to attend. A week after the verdict, their house was burned down by an arsonist. poz.com/blog/25-years-ago…
During the trial of notorious serial killer Richard Ramirez, one of the jurors actually fell in love with him and even sent him a cupcake with "I love you" written in icing. She still, however, gave him a guilty verdict. forensicoutreach.com/libr…
Today I learned of the 'Taxi Driver' assassin John Hinckley Jr. His obsession with Jodie Foster led to an assassination attempt on Reagan and the subsequent innocent verdict led to law changes surrounding the insanity defense. He was released from the psychiatric ward in 2016. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
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 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…
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…
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…
During O.J. Simpson's 1995 verdict announcement for murder, long-distance calls declined by 58%, trading on the New York Stock Exchange decreased by 41%, water usage decreased, and there was an estimated $480 million in lost productivity due to work stopping en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O._…
During OJ Simpson's verdict announcement trading on the New York Stock Exchange dropped 41% and that so much work stopped across the world to watch, an estimated $480 million was lost in productivity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O._…
In 1994, a convicted murderer was granted a retrial after it came to light that four of his jurors had used a Ouija board to consult the victim before rendering a verdict. apnewsarchive.com/1994/Mu…
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…
'Not proven' is the third possible verdict in Scottish courts (along with the usual 'guilty' and 'not guilty') colloquially known as the bastard verdict. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not…
The automobile was patented in 1895, and used to extract a 0.75% royalty on all cars sold, until Henry Ford contested it. The fight took 8 years, until finally in 1911 verdict was reached that the patent did not apply to currently produced cars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
During the OJ Simpson verdict, long distance call volume fell by 58%, stock trading fell by 41%, and water use declined as people avoided going to the bathroom en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O._…
Today I learned about the mysterious 2004 death of Richard Lancelyn Green, a noted Sherlock Holmes collector who was found garrotted in bed in his London flat. The coroner returned an open verdict, but his family believe that he committed suicide over trying to prevent Β£2M sale of some of Conan Doyle’s papers. telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
Judges deliver significantly harsher verdicts when they’re hungry freakonomics.com/2011/04/…
In 2012 a former Wall Street millionaire committed suicide by cyanide pill in court after receiving a guilty verdict for burning down his mansion in an elaborate tax fraud scheme. youtu.be/fWO_O4ScAsg
At 10:07 am PDT on October 3, 1995, when OJ Simpson was acquitted of murder on both counts so much work stopped to pay attention to the verdict that it cost an estimated $480 million in lost productivity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O._…
Japan's justice system largely depends on confessions for convictions. Combined with the expectations (high conviction rate) and that a prosecutor's career is often over with a non-guilty verdict, methods are often used to get false confessions out of the accused. bbc.com/news/magazine-208…
In 2006, Guy Goma showed up at the BBC for a job interview as a computer technician. He was mistaken for Guy Kewney, a computer expert, and put on live TV to discuss a judicial verdict. Despite his amazing performance faking his way through the segment, he did not get the job. youtu.be/e6Y2uQn_wvc
It's estimated that the OJ Simpson verdict lost the US economy $480 million in productivity. During those crucial hours of October 3rd 1995, there was a 58% decline in long distance calls, water usage dropped dramatically & trading volume dropped 41% on the NY Stock Exchange. amp.businessinsider.com/t…
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…
Today I learned of Michael Marin, a former investor who was convicted in 2012 of intentionally burning down his Phoenix, Arizona, USA house to avoid making mortgage payments. When read his guilty verdict, which could have yielded 21 years in prison, Marin committed suicide in court using poison pills. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Today I learned of Alienation of affection, a law still in effect in six US states which allows a spouse who has been cheated on to sue their spouse's lover, sometimes resulting in million dollar verdicts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali…
During the OJ Simpson verdict broadcast "Long-distance telephone call volume declined by 58% and trading volume on the New York Stock Exchange by 41%, water usage decreased as people avoided using bathrooms ... the verdict cost an estimated $480 million in lost productivity." wikipedia.org/wiki/O._J._…
Today I learned of a wall street millionaire Michael Marin, who after receiving a guilty verdict for burning down his own mansion, killed himself in court by swallowing a lethal dose of cyanide. cbsnews.com/news/michael-…
In the moment leading up to the verdict announcement of the O.J. Simpson murder case, trading volume on the NYSE decreased by 41%, water usage decreased as people avoided using bathrooms, and so much work stopped that the verdict cost an estimated $480 million in lost productivity. en.wikipedia.com/wiki/O._…
So many people (100 million) were watching/listening to the O.J. Simpson verdict that it cost an estimated $480 million in lost productivity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O._…
Before the advent of air travel, landowners used to own an infinitely tall column of air rising above their property. Today there's no official verdict on where property rights end, but U.S. policy is that anything above 500 feet is navigable airspace. slate.com/articles/news_a…
A jury could completely choose to ignore the law or evidence presented to them and hand down their own verdict, regardless if the defendant is obviously guilty or not guilty. criminal.lawyers.com/crim…
A Lt. Col. in the Air Force was convicted of sexual assault. A Lt. Gen. nullified the verdict and recommended a promotion, citing testimony from the convicted man's supporters. stripes.com/news/review-o…
From Germanic times up until the 1500's Cruentation was used to determine guilt in murder cases. The accused murderer was forced to put their hand on the corpse and if blood gushed from its wounds it was determined to be God's verdict of guilt en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cru…
A man manipulated his way into a group of juror's, influenced the jury by tampering with evidence which resulted in a guilty verdict, all because he believed the 3 Teenage Boys were evil and committed the crime. commercialappeal.com/news…
The OJ Simpson verdict cost an estimated $480 million in lost productivity en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O._…
According to Herodotus a corrupt judge accepted a bribe and delivered an unjust verdict. Cambyses II of Persia had him arrested and flayed alive. His skin was then used to cover the seat in which his son would sit in judgment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sis…
Not a single pizza was ordered in the United States from Domino's for 5 minutes while the O.J Simpson verdict was read. articles.chicagotribune.c…
In Scottish law, three verdict outcomes are possible: guilty, not guilty, or "not proven" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not…
In Scotland there is a 3rd verdict beyond guilty and not guilty: not proven. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not…
The verdict in the OJ Simpson case cost the American economy an estimated $480 million in lost output. Work ceased in factories, offices, and the White House, trading volume dropped 41% on the NYSE and phone calls dropped 58%. It was the least productive half hour in American business history. timeshighereducation.co.u…
Westboro Baptist Church make the father of a fallen soldier to pay upwards of $16,000 towards appeals. A verdict in which the father lost. cnn.com/2010/CRIME/03/30/…
In 1987 the SCOTUS upheld a jury verdict despite proof jurors drank pitchers of beers, drank liters of wine, used cocaine and marijuana during the deliberations. nytimes.com/2017/03/06/us…

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