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    How can a jury not be biased when so many of the accused have their faced plastered all over newspapers and their name banded about on social media before it even goes to trial? Of course this is going to influence the jury to some degree because these people will of course read the news and see this stuff on social media which will give them a viewpoint beforehand. Even more so in our witch hunt culture we have today whereby people read whats in the paper and suddenly think someone is guilty and want to get the pitchforks out.

    Of course, they're told not to be influenced by this stuff when called up for duty but they will as they're only human after all like the rest of us. Its totally ridiculous and naive in this information driven society to suggest these people can keep themselves away from it all.

    The obvious answer is to provide all those accused with anonymity until they are found guilty. Only once they are found guilty should the newspapers be allowed to mention the name of the accused. People are being accused of things, then being acquitted, only to have their lives left in tatters because of the pre-trial media and local witch hunt that has spiralled out of control.
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    That rape suspects are named prior to trial sickens me. That someone has been accused of rape is enough to make people want to lynch the poor ****er, with no regard as to whether they're actually guilty or not. Most people have already made their minds up as soon as they see "rape suspect". If you're innocent you'll still have that condemnation following you around for years.
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    (Original post by Messiah Complex)
    How can a jury not be biased when so many of the accused have their faced plastered all over newspapers and their name banded about on social media before it even goes to trial? Of course this is going to influence the jury to some degree because these people will of course read the news and see this stuff on social media which will give them a viewpoint beforehand. Even more so in our witch hunt culture we have today whereby people read whats in the paper and suddenly think someone is guilty and want to get the pitchforks out.

    Of course, they're told not to be influenced by this stuff when called up for duty but they will as they're only human after all like the rest of us. Its totally ridiculous and naive in this information driven society to suggest these people can keep themselves away from it all.

    The obvious answer is to provide all those accused with anonymity until they are found guilty. Only once they are found guilty should the newspapers be allowed to mention the name of the accused. People are being accused of things, then being acquitted, only to have their lives left in tatters because of the pre-trial media and local witch hunt that has spiralled out of control.
    That is why they don't have just man sitting in jury...When you have many people, chances are there will be atleast few amongst them with a brain bigger than a pea and that minority will make a difference on the fairness of the trial....
 
 
 
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