The Skeptical Juror and the Trial of Byron Case
A young woman is brutally murdered, shot in the face at point blank range. Her boyfriend is found dead two days later. Suicide by gunshot. The case goes nowhere for three years until, from the depths of alcohol and drug addiction, a friend changes her story. Her ex-boyfriend stands accused of murder. Four teenage lives are shattered. Relive the trial. Hear the testimony. Deliberate the evidence. Render your verdict. Only after your decision is irrevocable will you learn what really happened. Welcome to the world of the Skeptical Juror.
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First the case: I believe Byron Case is probably guilty. Everything about his possible innocence can be explained except for that 11:30 PM gunshot. But that gunshot was not part of the trial evidence, and based on the trial evidence I would have voted him guilty. However;
Now the book: This book should be required reading for every person before they are allowed to serve on a jury. If every juror went about their deliberations as this imaginary jury did it would solve one of the biggest problems with the American jury system, that being the factual "guilty until proven innocent" circumstance that is so prevalent in this country. I honestly believe that most jurors do not know how to deliberate evidence and could use lots of guidance. This book could provide same.