Juries: keep ’em stupid
The powers that be like juries stupid. How else would you explain that time the jury wasn’t told that someone charged with growing weed was doing it for medical purposes under state law? Now:
Jurors in the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui asked for but were denied a dictionary Tuesday for use during their deliberations on whether the Sept. 11 conspirator should receive a death sentence or life in prison.
Before their lunch break, the jurors — and Moussaoui — filed into the courtroom to hear the response of Judge Leonie Brinkema to the request to have a dictionary in the jury room.
Brinkema told them that sending a dictionary in would be like adding additional evidence in the case, but she invited them to come back if they had questions about specific definitions. And she warned them against doing their own research, including looking up definitions.
Why is that? Seems you’d want a jury to be as informed as possible. Knowledge is power, and all.
Don’t get me wrong, Moussaoui is a sack of turds and I personally wouldn’t be heart-broken if someone beat him about the head and neck area with a Ball-peen hammer until he stopped fidgeting. Heck, I’d even do it. But let the jury do its job.