I entered the courtroom in time to look around and identify those who were to play a role in this trial. It was a small courtroom with only a few in the audience, two of whom were a police officer and another attorney. On the right was the empty jury section, straight ahead was the stenographer next to the witness chair. The judge was in the corner on a raised platform, a county clerk was at her computer to his right and the bailiff had a small box next to the door. Defense council and the defendant faced the front. On my right was the defense and the prosecuting attorney was on my left. It was interesting that nobody was directly facing the judge straight on.
Once I had a chance to look around the bailiff let the jury in and we all stood up. This was new to me and I asked later about it as I had thought we would...
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...orry I missed the prosecuting attorneys witness. The little specifics about the court were quite interesting and I was surprised by how little legal wording was used. I guess that I never thought about a trial being for the jury instead of the jury being there for the trial. The judge’s instructions to the jury was all about the legal aspects of law and too fast for me to write but I did notice a couple of jurors relax as he explained what words like assumption, reasonable doubt, guilty beyond reason and not needing beyond a reasonable doubt on every point to vote guilty. The attorneys chose their few legal words specifically and used them in their final arguments. I wondered if that was because most jurors do not have much legal understanding. I believe that every person who is interested in the criminal field should attend a criminal trial at some point.
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