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Twelve Angry Men

by Reginald Rose
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When the play starts, how many of the twelve jurors think the defendant is guilty?  

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At the beginning of the play, eleven of the twelve jurors claim the defendant is guilty of cold-blooded murder.

Reasoning for doing so varies wildly. One man has no opinion one way or the other, but only votes with the majority opinion so he won't be late to a baseball...

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At the beginning of the play, eleven of the twelve jurors claim the defendant is guilty of cold-blooded murder.

Reasoning for doing so varies wildly. One man has no opinion one way or the other, but only votes with the majority opinion so he won't be late to a baseball game. Another is prejudiced against the defendant's racial background, believing Puerto Ricans to be degenerate and violent by nature. A few just believe the evidence without giving it much thought.

However, one juror does not think the evidence adds up and asks that they reconsider the case before they condemn a teenage boy to death. The other men, for the most part, do not seem to care about the weight of their decision and how it might be destroying an innocent life.

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At the start of the play, out of the twelve jurors eleven think that the boy is guilty. Only Juror Eight votes not guilty as he is not entirely convinced that the boy committed the crime by the evidence presented by the prosecution and finds some shortcomings in their arguments to convict the boy.

The Juror does not think that it is right for him to sentence a boy to death until he is absolutely certain that it was the boy who murdered his own father. He wants all the Jurors to discuss the various points put forth by the prosecution and have another look at all the evidence presented to them by the prosecution.

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