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Mysha Ethics of Aspies on juries (Asperger's) (62* d) RE: Ethics of Aspies on juries (Asperger's) 19 Jun 18


Let's skip all the discrimination-or-not and capable-or-not bits: I don't WANT to be on a jury. As far as I can see, anyone in their right mind, and I'll let that include allists as well, should be terrified of the idea of having to fulfil a job they are absolutely not trained for, that mostly depends on weighing the importance of incomplete, and likely in part incorrect, information, and that can seriously affect a person's life. [Cases where the decision could even end a person's life as a form of punishment, should be illegal altogether.]

Juries are asked to just determine whether or not someone broke the law, and the law is codified. It's a black-and-white decision, as the nuance of exactly how guilty is the domain of the judge. It's based on strict rules (except where the laws don't function properly to begin with). Obviously, either autists are the best jurors to go through such a strict system, or the whole concept of a jury to determine guilt is broken to begin with.

In several such systems, we shouldn't even BE jurors, BTW, unless the suspect is a fellow autist. Such systems use words like "a jury of his equals", and as can be seen from this very thread, autists and allists are not seen as equals.


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