DUTIES OF JUDGE AND JURY
In every criminal jury trial, there are two judges. I am one. You are the other.As judge of the law, it is my duty to preside over the trial. I decide what evidencethe law permits you to hear and consider, and what procedure we will follow in the case.At the end of the evidence and addresses, it is my job to explain to you the rules of lawthat you must follow and apply to make your decision.As judges of the facts, your first duty is to decide what are the facts in this case.You make that decision from
the evidence given during the trial. There will be nomore evidence. You consider nothing else. You are entitled to come to common senseconclusions based on the evidence that you accept. You must
speculate, however,about what evidence there might have been or permit yourselves to guess or make uptheories without evidence to support them.Deciding the facts is your job,
mine. Our law does permit me to comment or express opinions about issues of fact. If I do that, however, you do
have to agree withme. You, not I, decide what happened in this case.
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