Monday, April 02, 2007

Jury instructions: a better oath

Based on excellent comments from Kenneth, I offer this revision:
The judge, or someone acting under the judge's direction, must swear in the jurors in substance as follows:

Each of you swears that in all cases submitted to you, you will render an honest verdict, according to the law given by the judge and according to the evidence submitted under the judge's rulings, so help you God.
I am waiting to hear back from my committee whether the state of Texas still uses "so help you God."

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