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Graham Gal: Two points on the Zimmerman case and juries

To the editor:

Recently there have been opinions expressed both supporting and opposing the verdict in the Zimmerman trial. There are two things that need to be mentioned. First, it has almost become a badge of stupidity to serve on a jury. People go to great lengths to avoid this service. By any standard it is very difficult to seat a “jury of one’s peers.” Secondly, in my opinion it should be very hard to convict someone of murder. Beyond a reasonable doubt is a high hurdle. Is it better to have a guilty person go free than to have an innocent person go to jail; for murder? Our legal system seems to believe in the former. After such a verdict, opinions come from people with wisdom superior to those individuals actually charged with hearing the evidence and rendering a decision; those that could not get out of jury duty.

Graham Gal

Amherst

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