- Date 9/26/17
- Location The Freeman Auditorium, HUB
After the most dramatic testimony, Judge Barnes tells the audience they are going to decide the matter of Wade v Golden. A first poll is taken. The choices are for the plaintiff, for the defendant, or undecided. The tally is announced. For 15 minutes, the judge leads the deliberation. Jurors stand to explain and advocate their reasons for their vote. Questions are raised by the ‘undecideds.’ Often for clarification, witnesses are asked to repeat key testimony. In a case without a smoking gun jurors are challenged. A challenge more demanding when issues of race, class, religion, and gender are so germane to the case. When a consensus of views have been heard, the judge polls the audience and this final vote decides the outcome of the trial.
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