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Juror Eight is very methodical, wanting to carefully examine all the information that has been presented in the trial before making any decision. If found guilty, the defendant in this case would quite possibly receive the death penalty and be executed. Juror Eight takes that possibility very seriously. He does not want to risk killing the boy by mistake.
It's just that... we're talking about somebody's life here. We can't decide it in five minutes. Supposing we're wrong?
Juror Eight believes in the trial-by-jury system and intends to do his best to hold himself and other jurors to the procedures necessary for a fair and impartial outcome. He is striving to find the objective truth in the case, struggling to keep his own feelings and prejudices in check and urging the other jurors to do the same.
It's always difficult to keep personal prejudice out of a thing like this. And wherever you run into it, prejudice always obscures the truth.
He speaks eloquently of the way in which the minority of jurors needs to explain their understanding of the events before he will change his vote from innocent to guilty.
Nine of us now seem to feel that the defendant is innocent, but we're just gambling on probabilities - we may be wrong. We may be trying to let a guilty man go free, I don't know...We nine can't understand how you three are still so sure. Maybe you can tell us.
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