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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 23 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

What is the Judge's role? Is he to decide who is guilty? Is he to decide whether the jury voted properly?

Isn't his role to see that the lawyers conduct themselves properly so that the prosecuted gets a fair and impartial trial? Isn't his role to see that the law is upheld pertaining to the conduct of everyone in the courtroom?

What is the jury's role? Aren't they there to hear the arguments of both sides, and then decide for themselves whether a law has been broken; and if a law has been broken, whether the person being accused of the crime should be punished?

The Constitution does not limit juries to only consider what the judge wants them to consider. They are the peers of the person being prosecuted. Their responsibility is to protect the rights of that citizen against the State. The Judge works for the State. The jury does not.

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