So what happens when a jury hears the evidence in a trial and makes a unanimous opinion to issue a verdict that may be bold and unpopular? Shouldn’t they be commended for taking a stand for what they felt was right?
Well that wasn’t the case recently in Tarrant County, Texas.
In a DWI trial there, visiting judge Jerry Ray scolded the jury for reaching a not guilty verdict in a DWI case. Here is the transcript of what he said:
This is absolutely absurd. If anyone in that courtroom did a disservice to their oath it was perhaps the judge for criticizing the jury in this manner. A jury has the full right to “ignore” the Intoxilyzer reading if it has doubts about it. The judge should know better than that.