Juror JoAnn Chiakulas has taken a lot more than her share of lumps for being the "holdout" in the 11-to-1 verdict on the most serious charge against former Gov. Rod Blagojevich in his corruption trial--the selling of Barack Obama's former Senate seat.
In her first interview, she described what it felt like as being the only person to take her stand and stick to it. She said she had come under some pressure to conform with everyone else's view, but that she could not have lived with herself if she had voted against her conscience and the facts as she saw them.
For that, she's getting worked over in the comments section (e.g. "she's an idiot"), but in my view the person who said that is an idiot.
Every time there's a high-profie trial that goes against public opinion, the second guessers show up.
They "know" they truth, although they weren't in the courtroom, listening to all the testimony and viewing all the evidence. Nor were they in the jury room, to participate in the discussion with others who were fully informed.
Nor do they have to live with their decisions for the rest of their lives, and the possibility that they are sending an innocent person to prison, or worse.
Chiakulas, in my view, is a courageous person, and ought to be treated with real respect.