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aldiboronti
11-18-2005, 06:59 AM
Just caught a rerun of an episode of LA Law where a woman was convicted of manslaughter and her defense attorney stood up after the verdict and asked that the jury be polled.
I've often wondered why attorneys do this. What's the point? After the chairperson of the jurors has announced the jury's unanimous verdict, is it hoped or expected that the other jurors will stand up and say something different? Sure, it makes for a dramatic moment on TV, with each juror standing up to intone 'Guilty', but I just can't understand why attorneys would subject their clients to the inevitable ordeal of having to listen to the verdict twelve times.
Does this actually happen much in real courts? Has the polling of a jury ever had any other outcome than a confirmation of the original verdict? If not, then why do it?

Bricker
11-18-2005, 07:21 AM
This thread (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=309506) should be instructive.

aldiboronti
11-18-2005, 09:35 AM
Wow! Déja vu! (And a reminder that I should always search before asking a question)

Thank you, Bricker.