Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Aug 2012 07:50 UTC
Legal "After weeks of witnesses, prototypes, and one last failed settlement talk, it came down to this: Apple and Samsung's closing arguments in what is very likely the tech trial of the century. The day saw both sides landing heavy blows before sending the case off to the jury - where anything can happen." The jury has to contend with 109 (!) pages of instructions and a verdict form consisting of whopping 22 pages with over 700 (!) verdicts to make - and they have to be unanimous. This is beyond ridiculous, bordering on the clinically insane. With several options for appeal still open, there is nothing to be gained from this. It's a circus.
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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by Tony Swash on Wed 22nd Aug 2012 13:03 UTC in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
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One has to wonder how long a jury member can stay interested, focused and concentrated after all these pages and questions. I can imagine after a while they get fed up and just try to get it over with.

I know I would.

If you think this is bad have pity for the poor people on this jury.

They had to listen to tedious evidence about a possible fraud for two years and then the case collapsed.

I was once on two back to back juries at the Old Bailey in London, both thankfully short but both involving unpleasant sexual crimes. It was very stressful. Anybody on any jury has my sympathy and respect. It's a great system but hard work for the average citizens who have to make the final fateful decisions.

What was interesting about both the juries I was on was just how seriously everybody took their responsibility. We split in one of the trials and couldn't agree a verdict and had to be kept secluded and incommunicado in a hotel overnight before we could finally reach a verdict. Hard work.

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