The Jurors' New Clothes

If an individual is given a position of authority based on some quality other than merit, that individual will tend to wield power in an arbitrary and damaging way.  Take twelve random people and expect them to make a sound judgment in a case that has garnered as much attention as any since O.J., and apparently, they won't do it. While admittedly speculative, there are several possibilities as to why the Casey Anthony jury ruled as they did. The jury was warned by the defense counsel not to make a decision based on emotion -- the emotion of anger would presumably have biased the jury towards a guilty verdict.  Accordingly, in the minds of the jury, finding Casey Anthony not-guilty amounted to making an unemotional, and therefore intelligent decision.  "Everybody agreed if we were going fully on feelings and emotions, she was done...I wish we had more evidence to put her away. I truly do," said one juror anonymously...(Read Full Article)