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Stanford Jury Instructions

Stanford Jury Instructions

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Published by: T.L. Langford on Mar 05, 2012
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UNITEDSTATESDISTRICTCOURTSOUTHERNDISTRICTOFTEXASHOUSTONDIVISIONROBERTALLENSTANFORD,a/k/aSirAllenStanford,a/k/aAllenStanfordUNITEDSTATESOFAMERICA
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CriminalNo.H-09-342-01-SJURYINSTRUCTIONS
 
INSTRUCTIONNO.1INTRODUCTION
MembersoftheJury:Inanyjurytrialthereare,ineffect,twojudges.Iamoneofthejudges;theotheristhejury.
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ismydutytopresideoverthetrialandtodeterminewhattestimonyandevidenceisrelevantunderthelawforyourconsideration.
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isalsomydutyattheendofthetrialtoexplaintoyoutherulesoflawthatyoumustfollowandapplyinarrivingatyourverdict.First,Iwillgiveyousomegeneralinstructionswhichapplyineverycase,forexample,instructionsaboutburdenofproofandhowtojudgethebelievabilityofwitnesses.ThenIwillgiveyousomespecificrulesaboutthisparticularcase,andfinallyIwillexplaintoyouproceduresyoushouldfollowinyourdeliberations.
 
INSTRUCTIONNO.2DUTYTOFOLLOWINSTRUCTIONS,ETC.You,asjurors,arethejudgesofthefacts.Butindeterminingwhatactuallyhappenedinthiscase--thatis,inreachingyourdecisionastothefacts--itisyoursworndutytofollowalloftherulesoflawasIexplainthemtoyou.Youhavenorighttodisregardorgivespecialattentiontoanyoneinstruction,ortoquestionthewisdomorcorrectnessofanyruleImaystatetoyou.Youmustnotsubstituteorfollowyourownnotionoropinionastowhatthelawisoroughttobe.
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isyourdutytoapplythelawasIgiveittoyou,regardlessoftheconsequences.Itisalsoyourdutytobaseyourverdictsolelyupontheevidence,withoutprejudiceorsympathy.Thatwasthepromiseyoumadeandtheoathyoutookbeforebeingacceptedbythepartiesasjurors,andtheyhavetherighttoexpectnothingless.
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