15th November. The 12/6 rule

During a conversation at the dojo tonight the statement “I’d rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6” came up.

Now, I have issues with this statement. Apart from the fact that it’s only got 2 outcomes, court case or dead, this thought process can get people into a big pile of legal quicksand and very possibly, a long prison sentence.

Marc MacYoung explains it far better than I ever will so please take the time to read the attached article and maybe rethink what you should do if a situation happens.

Something else to consider, most people’s exposure to violence comes from the movies and as we all know (or should know), these scenes are set up for entertainment and bear very little resemblance to real life. Think about how many times you’ve looked at a scene involving something you understand and how incorrectly it can be portrayed. Point in case, being married to a nurse, watching a dramatic medical moment while he’s practically falling off his chair laughing. Do you want someone who thinks movie violence is accurate to be on your jury?


Published by donnaauckland

I'm a 2nd degree black belt that teaching on Tuesdays 7-8.30pm at the Massey Birdwood Settlers Hall, 372 Don Buck Road.

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