Early in November, a column was published about Tyra’s case, in which, journalist, Diane Dimond, agreed that Gov. John Kasich needs to grant Tyra’s release. (column by syndicated columnist Diane Dimond)
We talked further with Diane about what drew her toward Tyra’s case. Diane explained that the juror involvement in Tyra’s case was something she had never seen before. (if you are unaware of what she is referring to, she is referring to the fact that 6 out of 12 of the jurors in Tyra’s case took affirmative steps to help in light of the new information that was presented to them – see Key Materials for the individual juror affidavits)
I had never heard of a case like that – where jurors so publicly questioned their own judgment and signed statements to be included in the convicted person’s clemency plea. I love that people who didn’t have to be further involved in a case chose to do so in the name of justice. (Diane Dimond)
She writes a weekly column on crime. In her column, she tries to share with readers subjects that will get them to “sit up and take notice.” She went on further to say:
I want all my fellow citizens to think outside the simple box that proclaims that America has the best justice system in the whole wide world. The reality is: While it is a fabulous system on paper, it is administered by fallible human beings. Our justice system is flawed and in some cases it is downright broken.(Diane Dimond)
We could not be more grateful of the effort of journalists like Diane who are sharing Tyra’s story with their audiences. However, it is important that all of us take time to share the shocking realizations that exist in Tyra’s case – like the juror involvement.
Jurors have no duty to go back and make sure that the decision they came to was the 100% right decision. The American criminal justice system charges jurors to convict if they believe a defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. After the verdict is read and the jury is excused, the jury leaves to never return again – unless foul play is later discovered or something like that. But the fact remains, that 50% of the jurors in Tyra’s case, given the information that Tyra’s defense team did not give to them at trial and the other information that the defense team did not make clear, came out with sworn statements saying that the information would have affected deliberations.
This should speak volumes, and for most already supporting Tyra’s case it does. Please take the upcoming holiday season to share Tyra’s story with family you may not have seen in a long time or do not stay in contact with on a frequent basis.