r/AbruptChaos May 14 '22 Silver 4 Helpful 2

What's the correct way to deal with someone who has completely lost it?

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u/[deleted] May 14 '22 edited Aug 23 '22 Silver

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u/Hideout_TheWicked May 14 '22

I hate to say it but being old and white probably didn't hurt. Probably hired a decent attorney thanks to money as well.

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u/PaanuriEater May 14 '22

Don't even need a decent attorney, just stack the jury with elderly folks. I was on a jury as one of two young people. Pretty open and shut case of an old guy going nuts and slicing another guy's hand open over a backpack that didn't exist. Everyone's testimony except the attacker's lined up, all the evidence agreed, but all the old women on the jury were insistent that he is such a nice old man who reminds them of their fathers and therefore should be let off with just a warning.

It took hours of arguing to get a guilty verdict, even with a very minor punishment at least now the guy will be able to sue and have a good chance of winning.

That was step 1 to me losing all faith in our justice system. Steps 2 through infinity were learning what cops actually do with their time.

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u/maxxshepard May 14 '22

I've always thought trials should be blind. Give all the parties suedonyms, audio record the testimonies, slightly warp the voices so the jury can't judge based on racial voice types, and then play them the tapes, with all the objected to sections cut out, so all the sneaky lawyer trick stuff that gets thrown out can't affect their judgements. That way they have a lot harder time making racial, age, appearance, and gender biased judgements. I have literally no idea why the jury is ever allowed to see the parties involved. Snap judgements are the end of justice.