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2.9-5 Duty to Deliberate

Revised to January 1, 2008

Each of you has taken an oath to return a true verdict according to the evidence.  No one must be false to that oath, but you have a duty not only as individuals but also collectively to express your views to the other jurors and to listen to theirs.  That is the strength of the jury system.  Each of you takes with you into the jury deliberation room your individual experience and wisdom.  Your task is to pool that experience and wisdom in considering the evidence.  You do that by giving your views and listening to the views of others.  There must necessarily be discussion and give and take within the scope of your oath.  That is the way in which agreement is reached.




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