Is this an ethical way of deciding who sits on a death penalty jury? Is there a better way to pick jury members?
Before a person can sit on a jury for a capital punishment case, he or she must be “death qualified”. This means prospective jurors are asked about their views regarding the death penalty.
Those who would automatically vote for the death penalty or those who could not vote for the death penalty for conscience reasons are excused. This has been shown to stack the jury against the defendant because, generally, jurors are for the death penalty.
- FoofaLv 71 month ago
It's no less ethical than the voir dire process where attorneys get to eliminate certain jurors to try to get a race, gender or class of jury they'd prefer.
- Anonymous1 month ago
Is voir dire ethical? Yes.
Is there a better way to pick jury members? No. But we could ask our government to stop killing it's own citizens as a form of punishment. Problem solved.