take a form that would probably result in a mistrial rather than acquittal if they were to become known to the court? I have linked to the full film on YouTube for convenience's sake.
I have seen some opinions on this subject online, but rather less consensus-building discussion than I would hope. The most widely shared opinion, and the one I can most readily agree with myself, is that Juror #8's search for a replica of the murder weapon (revealed in this exchange
) was an improper independent investigation, conducted beyond the confines of the jury room.
This question does have some practical application to my life, since the degree to which the courts limit the responsibilities of the jury in interpreting evidence and witness testimony will likely influence my willingness to ever serve as a juror myself.
12 Angry Men has been produced several different times, and for stage as well as film, with slight variations in the script. For simplicity's sake, I would appreciate it if answers refer primarily to the 1957 filmed version linked above.
(To link to a specific timestamp within the video, as I did above, simply right click the video, click the "Copy video URL at current time" menu item, and use the link generated. Alternatively, simply add #t=28m20s to the end of a link to the video, where the numbers preceeding "m" and "s", respectively, represent the number of minutes and seconds within at which the video should start playing.)