Mr. District Attorney: Intimidated Jury, (Scene 2)
It’s not your fault:
Harrington saw that the morning paper had an article about the Stanley trial. The paper supports the D.A. The article criticized the jury for reaching such a ridiculous verdict. Well, it’s good to know you have the public’s support, but it doesn’t change the situation.
But a visit from Mrs. Clark, a juror on the Stanley case, gives the District Attorney hope that he can call a mistrial. A mistrial is a trial that is not acceptable because something during the trial was done incorrectly. The outcome of the trial, that is, the verdict, becomes meaningless. It has no legal effect.
Mrs. Clark is suspicious that Mr. Taylor, the jury foreman, had manipulated everyone into voting ‘not guilty’.
If she is right, the D.A. could call a mistrial. Then, Mr. Stanley would have to be tried again. There would be a new jury and the District Attorney would have another chance to send Mr. Stanley to the electric chair.
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