There are many Chicago residents who have never served on a jury; even fewer people may have found themselves facing a jury and charged with a violent crime. That is why it can be so frightening for a person to be in the latter situation. People simply don't know what to expect in a courtroom.
In a recent post, we explored the extensive damage that can be done when a person is accused of sexual misconduct. However, it is crucial for anyone in this position to remember that being accused of these crimes is not the same as being guilty of them.
There have been two high-profile cases in the news recently in which a grand jury played a prominent role. Both cases involved a white police officer who killed an unarmed black suspect during an altercation. The first of these cases was the fatal shooting of a teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. The second was an incident in New York City in which an officer put a suspect in a chokehold that ultimately proved fatal.
Reputation is a very powerful tool for people who are influential, wealthy or high-profile. They can make much of their living based on what people think about them and must be very careful about protecting their image.