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Basic Trope: A jury renders a verdict contrary to the facts.

  • Straight:
    • Bob has been acquitted in spite of a mountain of evidence against him.
    • Bob has been convicted even though no evidence existed against him.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob has been acquitted even though he confessed and pleaded guilty.
    • Bob has been convicted even though the real culprit turned himself in and came to the court to confess.
    • Bob has been acquitted even though he, a psychotic cannibalistic Serial Killer, actively swears to hunt down every single member of the jury and turn them into his food no matter what they vote for.
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  • Downplayed: There are some holes in the jury verdict.
  • Justified:
    • Bob has an Amoral Attorney.
    • The law the jury has to apply was unjust.
    • Bob was accused of killing an Asshole Victim who was so hated that despite efforts to screen out sympathetic people the jury still decided to let him walk.
    • The jury is easily swayed by the prosecutor against Bob. Some people will believe in accusations without proper evidence.
    • The jurors are that stupid.
  • Inverted: The verdict mirrored exactly the facts.
  • Subverted: At a first glance, the jury rendered a stupid verdict but, after analysis, the verdict was in fact waterproof...
  • Double Subverted: ..until we learn the jury neglected to consider a crucial piece of evidence which have been introduced during the end of the trial.
  • Parodied: Bob gets convicted even though they had only exculpatory evidence and they had a spontaneous confession from the real guilty person who, moreover, committed the crime right before their eyes.
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  • Zig Zagged: Bob is up on multiple charges, some of which the jury correctly decides on, and some of which they choose the opposite verdict one would expect from the evidence.
  • Averted: The jury does its duty with due dilligence. Whatever else happens that affects the verdict, it was not their fault.
  • Enforced: The writer wants to write a tale about how something like 12 Angry Men would never happen in a world that he believes has become too stupid and corrupt to care about justice.
  • Lampshaded: "Have these jurors flunked the intelligence tests?"
  • Invoked: The defense manages to throw out any competent jurors on technically legal, but incredibly nitpicky grounds.
  • Exploited: The defense manages, somehow, to convince the jury that the victim was actually an imaginary friend of the defendant. The jury unanimously acquits.
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  • Defied: The Judge make sure the morons get screened out of the jury.
  • Discussed: "Objection! Your Honor, I object on the grounds that the jury is a gaggle of jerkoffs!
  • Conversed: "This case is going to end with those twelve morons letting the murderer go, right? Because the writer wanted to say something about how Kanye can literally get away with murder, that much beloved he is?"
  • Deconstructed: Due to the verdicts rendered by the Common Nonsense Jury, public confidence in the justice system reaches new lows.
  • Played For Laughs: The jury make a decision based upon Insane Troll Logic, leaving judge, prosecutor, and defender stumped.
  • Played For Drama: The blatantly wrongful conviction of Bob shows just how bigoted society really is.
  • Played For Horror: Bob suffers every kind of horror a Hellhole Prison can inflict because twelve people felt that going to see a movie/baseball game/have sex was more important than due dilligence... or worse yet, they are too damn horrible to care.

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