When Does Life Mean Life?

John A. Quayle blueoval at SGI.NET
Mon Jul 9 08:52:40 MDT 2001


At 06:22 AM 7/9/01 -0700, somebody wrote:
>>during the jury or trial phase; only in the punishment phase. I believe
>>that jurors should know what a defendant has done in the past, which they
>>should be able to use in making up their mind about the current trial.

At 06:22 AM 7/9/01 -0700, Stephen A. Frye wrote:

>Absolutely not. A juror should make up his or her mind about a particular
>trial based solely on the evidence provided at that same trial - not based
>on what the defendant did or did not do previously.

         Yes, but prior history may show a pattern of intent, which could
be key "evidence" in a difficult case. Sometimes this reasoning flies in
the face of ordinary common sense. Other times, it may break a case.


John Q.
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