My friend and Lubbock DWI lawyer Steve Hamilton on a recent Q&A in a DWI voir dire:
So in this trial I asked the potential jurors about a hypothetical. What would you do if you only had one option, either convict an innocent person or set a guilty person free? Out of 20 people, 7 or 8 said they would actually convict an innocent person!!
I was actually somewhat shocked with the amount of people who said they would send an innocent person to prison. One person said he would do that and that he hoped he would be the person who was sent to prison to protect society.
I bet it’s a lot easier for that potential juror to say he’d be A-OK with being toted off to jail or prison for something he didn’t do… when he’s not the one that is being accused.