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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

CrimProf Stanley Goldman Discusses Jurors' Letters

Goldman_1From Loyola Law School CrimProf Stanley Goldman recently discussed jurors' decision to write a letter to the judge after voting for their decision in Fagone murder case.

"We do believe that James was guilty of first-degree burglary, but thought that the homicide charge should be second-degree murder or involuntary manslaughter," one juror wrote in a letter dated Dec. 14. "The law forced us to give a verdict we did not think was fair."

CrimProf Stanley Goldman, said the jurors were not flip-flopping on their decision. They were showing signs of maturity, he said. "They're saying, 'We followed the law, but we have enough of a conscience to do something about the punishment,' " he said. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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