Monday, October 08, 2007

Fake mysteries...

In trying cases, I often have to guard against jurors' desire to create a mystery where none exists. Sometimes things ARE exactly what they appear to be, and sometimes the mysterious is just random.

Here's an interesting post on that whole idea, starting with a famous naked woman and including Faust, x ray analysis, supermarket displays, and horoscopes.

...take a dull thing, like some broken Chinese plate, and jump from there to talk about the soul.

Yes, I know hunting people's brains are mostly between our knees and our breast bones, but some of my reader could be stuck with nothing to do. So perhaps boredom might inspire some above the neck thought.

Since we're not hunting BECAUSE OF @#$%^&*#$%^&*#$%^&* DEFRA and its evil overresponse to foot and mouth.


Miss Carnivorous said...

I just had jury duty and a woman on the jury had had it before. She said that the jury spent all their time making up stories about people who were not even present as witnesses. The jury was not interested in the facts of the case, but in imaginary motives and stories.

My Grandmother had jury duty and said that her jury insisted on considering only the evidence the judge had told them they could not consider.

staghounds said...

That's so exactly what I'm talking about. Sometimes it feels as though a trial is a farce piled on a fraud.

Miss Carnivorous said...

Sad to say, it is true.