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    If they really want to convict this guy on these charges, it would be much easier if they had religious people on the Jury that understand some people DO what ever their supposed religious leader tells them with little to no questions asked.

    Though I suspect they have a good chance because of her age, a lot of people do understand the younger among us can be convinced to do things that older more experienced people would never do, especially if a powerful figure in their life makes the request or demand.

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    The prosecution will have expert witnesses to sort this one out. An impartial jury will decide on it, no need to load the jury up.
     
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    Has nothing to do with "loading" anything. It has to do with getting justice. I think a lot of people are going to have a hard time buying he caused it to happen and I hope that doesn't happen.

    He is entitled to a Jury of his peers, lets give him one.
     
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    Twelve atheists would sort him out.
     
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    I am not so sure. They are going to be selling this as a Powerful religious figure told her to do it. 12 atheists might have trouble with that concept.
     
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    But the witness's credibility lies in both the prosecution's examination in chief of her, to draw out her evidene and her own ability to withstand cross-examination, that is, to tell the truth in a convincing manner and not to be overly doubted by the jury.
     
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    Jillian I am curious about your take on this discussion.
     
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    I never practiced criminal law, but I think 12 people would understand that this guy manipulated his people in the same manner Charles Manson did. I think this is true regardless of whether they are believers or athiest. In a way, one might say that athiests think religion is brainwashing anyway, so they might be predisposed to holding him responsible.

    In other words, I think that if the case is compelling a jury will believe it. It turns on credibility of the experts and the other witnesses.

    I'm kind of wondering, though, why they didn't charge conspiracy...much easier to prove than rape by proxy I would think.
     
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    Here he'd probably be charged with procuring under state law.
     
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    I just worry that a jury may not buy the charge. Personally it sounds like no sane intelligent person could NOT understand he is guilty but I know how things turn out with complicated charges.
     

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