We the Jury
Now Showing -- July 24, 2003
We the Jury is the juxtaposition of past and present trials... of Jurors!
Copyright 1996, 2003 Dan Sewell Ward
“I consider trial by jury as the only anchor yet imagined by man by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.” -- Thomas Jefferson
“It is not only his right, but his duty... to find the verdict according to his own best understanding, judgment, and conscience, though in direct opposition to the direction of the court.” -- John Adams
We the Jury delivers an emotional and stunning enactment of a jury of twelve – twelve individuals playing their respective parts in both a 1670 London trial and a 2003 Denver trial – as they take on the responsibility for seeking and discerning the truth. In the process, they must ignore the directed verdicts of the Courts, the law-enforcement authorities and/or a biased public opinion, seek justice, and thereby take full responsibility for their verdicts.
The storyline begins during the time of William Penn and William Mead’s trial in 1670 London -- a time when juries were shanghaied into duty and expected to parrot the Court’s wishes. In effect, juries of the period were not free, and instead were obliged (on pain of punishment, heavy fines and/or imprisonment) to rubber stamp whatever the justices, prosecution, and other authorities decided.
Intermingled with the 1670
Included with the two main stories, are two other critical episodes: one in
It is noteworthy that the description of the 1670 London trial is strongly based on the actual trial, its transcripts, and the historical facts surrounding the event. As incredible as some of the dialogue and exchanges are, they are historically accurate. Which, in some ways, makes it all the more scary. Meanwhile, the fictional events of the modern day trial are easily recognized as being based on recent, high profile trials – with equally lamentable results (i.e. no indication that the modern day juries fulfilled their duties).
Episode I Jury Duty Selections
Episode II Two Trials
Episode III Diversions
Episode IV Sanhedrin, et al
Episode V Judges
Episode VI Justice Denied
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