Your jury experience is a lot like mine. I saw two problems;
The jury is instructed to consider the facts and consider specific questions to confirm guilt or innocence. What I saw is most jurors just decided they were guilty based upon whatever they observed. ie, the guy looked guilty so he must be guilty.....
In coming to their decisions, they would use logic or facts not in evidence. For example, one of the jurors decided that the defendants were guilty of conspiracy because there was testimony that they sat and met at a table "at the Mug bar". Her logic "I go to that bar and everybody sits at the bar to drink, "if they were at a table, they were up to something....."
Imagine doing 3 to 5 based on that logic. Juries must drive prosecutors and defense lawyers nuts.
Imagine attacking a very weak case by the prosecution and losing because the witness said they were sitting at a table instead of the bar,,,,,,,
@tophercrowder I really miss seeing different car designs at Indy. Seeing what kind of new innovation came out of someone's garage, and watching them go head to head was, to me, the real spirit of Indy.
Spec racing just ain't the same, although it was a good race this year.
those velocity stacks are incredible.
I have the Smokey Yunick book, and he describes his stock block destroked chevy. he had big boost and 8 cylinders and shocked everyone on the power he got....but the rods. nobody would build strong enough rods...he bent them all the time. and turbo fuel injection was a nightmare for everyone but the porsche can-am teams....way ahead of his time.
The City of St. Louis is its own county and separate from the County of St. Louis. The jury situation in the city was far different than in the county. There were far more criminal cases within the city of St. Louis, and it was harder to find a jury that wasn't made up mostly of retirees with nothing much to do with their time.
There are huge differences in jury makeup from one jurisdiction to another. This is why big civil cases often have forum shopping. The case I was a juror for with the truck collision was one such case. The collision was in rural Missouri. The plaintiff tried to find a connection between the trucking companies to have the case heard in St. Louis City court, but failed. The defendant's attorney managed to get the case heard in St. Louis County court, where it was clearly a benefit for the defendant. Neither wanted a rural jury in the county where the collision occured.
@tophercrowder Thanks for linking to this in part 2. I saw this last night and knew I wanted to read it, but it was too late for me to get into it. This morning I found myself trying to remember what it was on Oppo I had wanted to read last night...
@davesaddiction He was one of the designers, yeah. His stuff was always so inspiring, he has a real knack for simple designs, simple sketches, rendered beautifully. I have some scans of doodles of his that he just left lying around, like an offroad Mustang, some GT stuff, and just some random sci-fi and underwater sketches. Super nice guy.