Television: The Real Tribal Council

On the thoughtful law drama The Jury, justice has a fallible, idiosyncratic face--or, rather, 12 of them

Year in and year out, TV tells stories about cops who put away the bad guys and lawyers who free the innocent. In real life, though, neither group does the putting away or the freeing. We give that job to amateurs--jurors--and early on, the Fox drama The Jury (Tuesdays, 9 p.m. E.T.; debuts June 8, 8 p.m. E.T.) shows us what it believes is one of their biggest influences: TV. In one case, although the young defendant's record is sealed, a juror concludes--because of something he saw on a lawyer show--that the accused must have a long rap sheet. Another bases...