So in the great state of MD you have jury duty for a whole month. Sucks I know. Because of this you see alot of people who have hit a rough spot in life.
I cant talk about the details of the case really. But ill say it was a minor crime to where he can face jail time. Young kid who fucked up.
We were in the process of selecting the 12 juror and 1 extra juror for the case. So my whole group was in there. Bout 30+ of us.
The second we all walk in to see the defendant and hear the details of the case, one jurors in front of me whispered "hes guilty" to another juror before we even heard the details of the case. All he did was see the Defendant as we walked into the court room. The other juror then nodded and said "yeah Im sure of it".
During the selection process the Judge asked us a few questions about the case and ourselves as a person to better pick the best juror's for the case.
I didnt get picked because I knew the arresting officers and only had plesent interactions with them.
But when asked "will you as jurors come to this court with pre-existing notions of guilt or innocents of the defendant prior to the court proceedings?" these two juror didnt step up and say so.
I was never presented a chance to tell the judge that jurors just lied under oath. I asked one of the officers if he could tell the judge and he declined.
When the process was done, the first juror who said "hes guilty" did end up selected. I felt bad that this happened and that the court officer would not bring my concern to the judges attention.
I feel guilt that I didnt do more really.