The Burden of Being a High-Profile Juror

For anyone following the trial of Derek Chauvin, it was pretty clear: That jury was under a lot of pressure to deliver a guilty verdict in the death of George Floyd. Armchair jurists everywhere had decided the case long before it even came to court.

But what’s it like to actually be on the jury, to sit there listening to every detail of testimony for days on end; trying to stay unmoved and not being able to talk about it with anyone, not even your fellow jurists until deliberation time; all while knowing the consequences of your decision? Our two guests know the answers.

We’re joined by Diane Dimond, author and investigative journalist. Her latest book is called “Thinking Outside the Crime and Justice Box.” And Nichet Smith, an alternate jurist in the high-profile 2005 murder case of Emily Cagal, an exotic dancer in Washington D.C. who was found partially dismembered in a trunk of a car.