The Nation: The Jury: Silent Decision Makers

Since October the stars of the Watergate trial have been the defendants, their lawyers and the judge. Now, in the proceeding's final days, attention inevitably shifts to the silent decision makers, the twelve citizens who will be asked to say "guilty" or "not guilty." A favorite courtroom game is trying to read their faces for comprehension, fleeting signs of response, ennui or interest. Another is to guess how their backgrounds might affect their judgment.

The jurors are an intriguing mix.

There are eight blacks and four whites (the District of Columbia is predominantly black), and this is considered by some to be...

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