12 Angry Men Essay

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“12 Angry Men” Essay The movie "12 Angry Men" focuses on a jury's decision on a capital murder case. A 12-man jury is sent to begin decisions on the first-degree murder trial of an 18-year-old Latino accused of stabbing his father to death, where a guilty verdict means an automatic death sentence. The case appears to be open-and-shut: The defendant has a weak alibi; a knife he claimed to have lost is found at the murder scene; and several witnesses either heard screaming, saw the killing or the boy fleeing the scene. Eleven of the jurors immediately vote guilty; only Juror No. 8 (Mr. Davis) casts a not guilty vote. At first Mr. Davis' bases his vote more so for the sake of discussion after all, the jurors must believe beyond a …show more content…
The other jurors get annoyed with Mr. Davis because they do not want to stay and discuss the case and they can’t leave without all of them consenting to one side. But despite all that Mr. Davis starts to look through the evidence presented on the case, and he starts to rationalize and think critically of the presented information. He then starts using warrant which is basically asking questions. He asks about how the evidence given was faulty and wasn’t enough to back the claim that the 18 year old killed his father. Mr. Davis starts to sway the idea that the boy is guilty and he gets the other jurors to start agreeing with him with his claim, rethinking of the evidence, and warrant. In the middle of the 2nd half of the movie, Mr. Davis talks about the facts that are presented to them after discussing the case for a couple hours. A fact is the verifiable observation, experience, or event basically something that is known to be true. He says that facts don’t line up with the story and he talks about how the old man with a leg problem could never had made it to the door to see who was running or hear the body hit the floor because of the train, he also brings up the point that the woman across the street could not have seen who killed who due to the fact that she did not have her glasses on. After he lays out all the facts many of the jurors are convinced that the 18 year old was not guilty but a few of the

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