After reading the article below one might believe that jurors in Baltimore do. Unfortunately for the residents of Baltimore, this is just the latest example of the problems plaguing the local jury process. What is most troubling about this episode is that a defendant (assuming the allegations are true) through his own misconduct can take steps to create issues to appeal.
By threatening a witness on the stand in the middle of his murder trial, Lance Walker rattled the very people now deciding his guilt or innocence.
On the 10th day of the 17-day trial, as the lawyers huddled at the bench with their backs turned, the jury watched the 29-year-old defendant lock eyes with the witness, hold up a legal document with one hand, pump a thumbs-down gesture with the other and warn, "I know your name. You're going down. You're going down."
Fear instantly gripped the face of the witness, who muttered in disbelief, and within earshot of jurors, "Did he just threaten me?"
Later, during a lunch break in the jury room, the forewoman sensed apprehension. She took a brief poll of the all-female panel and then passed a note to Baltimore Circuit Judge John Carroll Byrnes. The jurors were afraid, too, the forewoman wrote. What was being done to ensure their safety (to continue reading go here)?