Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: J.L. Hardee
Publisher: J.L. Hardee
“Holding the fate of someone’s life in your hands is very tricky, and, when it comes to being a juror, it was something that I had never thought of, never imagined, and was not prepared for,” J.L. Hardee discusses in his book, Justice or Injustice? What Really Happens in a Jury Room.
At one hundred and fifty pages, this paperback book has a photograph of a courtroom on the front cover with two paragraphs about the book’s contents and author biography with a picture on the back cover. Due to minor profanity along with discussions about sex and murder, the book would be geared for mature adults. The many punctuation and grammar errors along with repetitive wording distract from the flow of reading. There are several photographs at the back of the book involving the court, jury room and defendant with her family.
When Hardee was handed a jury summons from the Horry County Clerk of Court in South Carolina, he expected to be excused from jury duty since he is a firefighter. However, not only was he chosen as a juror, he was sequestered for weeks in a publicized capital murder trial.
From the point of being handed the summons to walking away after the verdict, the author writes the step-by-step process he encountered personally. From the mundane meal menu choices and his void-of-electronics hotel room to being cooped up for over eight hours in a small jury room without a cigarette or shamed by the jury foreperson, he voices his feelings, opinions, and protests to all the different aspects of the criminal case.
After hearing witnesses’ responses with grilling by the prosecution and defense attorneys, the writer is tossed back and forth deciding if Kimberly Renee Poole had conspired with her lover to murder her husband in Myrtle Beach.
When it is time for the jury to make a come to a conclusion, Hardee has to confront, convince and compromise with other jurors to produce a unanimous guilty or not guilty vote. It is here where one learns how the court system takes advantage of unknowingly, unwittingly and sometimes unprepared jurors and how they can be prompted, prodded and beaten down, forced to determine the fate of someone else.
Although it appears the book was not professionally edited, the story of justice verses injustice is observed and explained through a juror who was not given all the tools needed to correctly make and keep his own beliefs in regard to sentencing another person for a crime committed.
This book was furnished by the publicist for review purposes.
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