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Persuasive Paper Part 3: Possible Disadvantages, Answers, with Visuals Rodney Howard Professor: Holly Sprinkle English Research and Writing September, 1st, 2015 Introduction There is a problem that exists with hung juries. It should be suggested that a supermajority be required to convict, and a mere majority be required to acquit. These reforms would effectively abolish the hung jury. We need to stop giving holdouts the power to prevent convictions and I feel that all jurors should not have to agree, only the majority. Presently, both acquittals and convictions must be unanimous in federal court and in forty-eight states. That's not fair to the defendant. He fails to get the benefit of a clear result that would allow repose, and he…show more content…
Still others claimed that criminal jury trials had become more complex, thus taxing juror comprehension of the evidence and making it tough for jurors to come to a consensus. An assortment of proposals based on these assumptions were offered to deal with the problem of hung juries. (Paula Hannaford-Angor 2015) The Social Solution There absolutely needs to be some kind of solution where there is a restriction put in place when it comes to the internet exposing personal information along with online social media with juries conducting trials. Social media and the internet itself has the largest influence on why we have so many hung juries. Nowhere has the rise of the Internet posed so complex a challenge to public policy as it has to the tradition of public access to judicial processes and records. Traditionally, most court files are available to anyone willing to go to the courthouse and look at them. Many have argued that open courts are a fundamental aspect of maintaining a working democracy. Open court records produce responsibility and public confidence in the operation of the judiciary, the operation of other government agencies and the uniform enforcement of laws. Only through public access, for instance, can citizens be assured courts are fulfilling their role of protecting the rule of law. Practical barriers to information use and dissemination imposed by traditional

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