The Jury of 11 Men & 1 Woman
The room was eerily dim with only one window... I was stuck here with 11 men who acted as if they knew best. so much so that when making a decision on the case they all automatically agreed that the suspect, Mrs. Lockwood, was definitely guilty for the murder of her husband, Mr. Lockwood. None of them even glanced at the files and reports, there was no talking, or anything. They just wanted to go in and agree so they could go home and drink beer while catcalling the women walking down the street. When I asked what were they basing their judgement on, they replied with, "We heard all we need to hear in the courtroom, she's obviously guilty. There was even a witness for heaven's sake... What other proof do you need?" Well I, as the only woman in the room and obviously the only logical one who actually read through the files, had my doubts of Mrs. Lockwood being guilty. As I was looking over the reports, refusing to give an answer forcing them to sit and listen to my reasons to why I disagree with their verdict, I saw something that was not mentioned in the court... The, so-called, witness had previouly attempted to hit on Mrs. Lockwood. In the reports Mrs. Lockwood had mentioned that the witness, Mr. Rouge, did not like the thought of her turning him down and threatened her with, "If I can't have you then no one will have you!!!" This report was made by Mrs. Lockwood on March 7th of 2010, only one year prior to the current case. In the report she stated that she didn't know what he meant and was scared for her life, but it was dismissed due to the fact that Mr. Rouge was a well-known and very loved member of the community. There was also evidence missing from the files, such as finger prints that were supposedly found, but also supposedly didn't match anyone in the system. With a bit more deep reading through the reports in the files, I had found something very curious. The officer that took down Mrs. Lockwood's report in 2010, who swore that Mr. Rouge was so loved and well-known and would never hit on or threaten a married woman, was the same officer that collected the report from the witness and entered the evidence into the report. Something seemed very suspicious to me, so I brought it up to the men. Once I was able to get them to actually look in the files, they finally saw my point of veiw and all started to change their votes, one by one, from guilty to not-guilty. Within about 10 minutes we finally had a final verdict of not-guilty. After all was said and done, Mrs. Lockwood went home while Mr. Rouge was placed behind bars and officer Kingston lost his job and started had an investigation started on him to find see if there was more that could land him behind bars with Mr. Rouge.