Juries are notoriously fickle . . . and stupid to boot (and, of course, multiply that by 100 if it’s Kalifornia).
These are people that either can’t figure out how to get out of jury duty, or actually WANT to be there.
Why is it stupid to WANT to be there? After all, isn’t it your civic duty to serve on a jury?
I fail to see how it’s smart, or a civic duty, to surround yourself with . . . STUPID people (for example, people who don’t have enough wits to think of legitimate ways to avoid being selected).
I was in a pool being considered for a drunk driver trial. I simply told the judge that my brother was killed by a drunk driver. I stated, honestly, that drunk drivers that commit vehicular homicide should be executed. That was enough (and I knew it would be) in the defenses voir dire for them to eliminate me as a juror.
My views on any crime are strict punishment. Saying, "I think they should be hung . . .", is usually enough to get you off.
I was in another pool for a child molesting trial. For that one, I said (again, honestly), “I think child molesters should be hung”. Instant ejection by the defense.