Guilty or not guilty?
At the Crossroads meeting last Thursday organised by the chaplaincy, international students watch the movie Twelve Angry Men. Twelve men form the jury in a murder trial. Locked in a room to discuss the verdict, one of the jurors is able to convince the others one by one that their preconceived idea, that the accused is guilty, is not based on the facts. In the discussion after the movie, one Ugandan student noted that the one managed to convince the others because of his open mind and positive attitude. Like the jurors in the film the students at the gathering also have different backgrounds. That it takes an open mind to make fair judgements in reality was illustrated when the discussion turned to whether a legal system with a jury is more effective than one with only a judge. The Ugandans and an American present were in favour of the jury system, but were unable to convince others present of its merit over other forms J.T.