Written by the Marcia Clark, who prosecuted O J Simpson, the article blames the sequestration. I have to admit, I had not thought of that. I would rather ditch the concept of sequestration than go to a professional system. From the article:
This jury was sequestered for more than two months. When jurors are forced to spend day and night with each other, apart from their families and friends, they become a tribe unto themselves. Because they only have each other for company, and because most people prefer harmony to discord, there’s a natural desire to cooperate, to compromise in order to reach agreement. And they have no safe retreat. If they disagree with their fellow jurors, they can’t go home to a husband, a wife, a friend, where they can regroup and marshal their energies.This makes entirely too much sense. I don't know what sort of alternative there can be to sequestration, but this was a gross miscarriage of justice. When you read what the juror (whose interview Ms Clark uses to illustrate her points) had to say, you will cringe.
We must find a way to keep this from happening again.