By Roger Reid, Ph.D.|Success Point 360
Upon the conclusion of both sides presenting their evidence, the judge sends the jury into a private room to deliberate and determine the guilt or innocence of the accused.
The jurors review the testimony, consider the facts, and discuss the circumstances. In most cases, they eventually arrive at a consensus — a decision in which all jurors agree one way or another.
They do this without any specific time constraints.
Their instructions from the judge usually imply the need to do a thorough job, with the assumption they will devote their complete and total attention to the task.
Occasionally during this time of deliberation, a juror may ask for an explanation of the law or to look at the transcript of the case to refresh their memory about the testimony of a particular witness.
Again, they do this without any specific time restraints.
Or do they?