Juries: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

John Oliver takes a look at why people of color are routinely excluded from becoming jurors, who their absence impacts, and what we can do to create a fairer system.
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  • My first thought when the kid said that he was going to do Jerry duty oh no he’s a Nazi

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    Brandon HsiaBrandon Hsia5 саат мурун
  • They should go by SS# no name no race or religion. Then those picked should wear hooded masks so u can't b kicked off

    Mark McalpineMark Mcalpine12 саат мурун
  • Jerry duty should be a real thing. Maybe just put the jurors in a gymnasium with w hungry tiger named Tom.

    Parker VarinParker Varin12 саат мурун
  • Watching this while I'm supposed to be at jury duty because I got out of it saying I had dental work. (I did, but I cancelled it)

    onequartercanadianonequartercanadian14 саат мурун
  • The start of John Oliver V. Danbury CT 😹

    onequartercanadianonequartercanadian14 саат мурун
  • On a side note, Danbury Connecticut named their local sewage plant after John Oliver because, their mayor said, and I quote, "It's full of crap, just like you John"

    MichaelMichaelКүн мурун
  • I'd rather get a bomb in the mail than a jury summons.

    Victoria CyunczykVictoria CyunczykКүн мурун
  • the whole idea of a jury is fucking idiotic.

    DarusdeiDarusdei2 күн мурун
  • "*accidentally* excluded zipcodes where 90% of its black voters live." 7:10 suuuuuure. accidentally...

    James BurkJames Burk3 күн мурун
  • Wait, danbury... the sewer plant one? I don't believe for a second that it wasn't john oliver's ENTIRE intention from the beginning to get that to happen.

    James BurkJames Burk3 күн мурун
  • 3:03 *Hey it’s my city*

    Pyroboss 101Pyroboss 1013 күн мурун
  • Who would want a juror that can't bring themselves to vote once every 4 years. If they can't respect the law in their own self interest, what good are they in a trial. The other points Oliver made are spot on.

    NGRcashewNGRcashew3 күн мурун
  • As a native resident of Connecticut I approve of his summation of Danbury 😂😂😂😂

    jazzylulu22jazzylulu223 күн мурун
  • there was one thing with a rapist being convicted-- they asked all the women if they'd been assaulted. all of them said yes. they were all told to go because they were 'biased.' they never asked the men if they had been the one assaulting someone.

    Tabby CatTabby Cat6 күн мурун
  • The fastest way I know of to get yourself out of jury duty is to say you have a relative working in law enforcement. No defense lawyer'll let you stay on a jury after finding that out. I know from experience.

    Jennifer BrewerJennifer Brewer6 күн мурун
  • I love how one off bit resulted in the renaming of a sewage plant and charitable donations.

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  • I csnt believe it, but I completely missed this episode when it came out!

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  • Yeah screw alphabetisim!!! And yes, Z's RULE!!!

    Michael ZarefossMichael Zarefoss9 күн мурун
  • I had no idea Thomas Lennon moonlighted as a horrid prosecutor

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    Laura BrownLaura Brown10 күн мурун
  • Oh look...Its a snarl of Karens lol.

    Nick FranklinNick Franklin11 күн мурун
  • is racism in America really that bad in real life ? or is it somehow over inflated in the media lens ?

    El JefeEl Jefe11 күн мурун
  • You don't get conjugal vists or hbo in prison either. Who in their right mind thinks that shit happens?

    Raymond DooleyRaymond Dooley12 күн мурун
  • Hm... let' me tell you the reality, Johnny boy: Put a woman on the defendant side, 6 out of 10 times she's absolved even in the face of overwhelming evidence. The other 4 times she's getting a sentence 40% lighter than men would for the same crime and with the same record. If the accuser is a male and the defendant a female, then it's instant absolution even if there's evidence. I can give you the example of every female rapist and child molester ever. Women have been granted legal immunity to crimes of a sexual nature, domestic violence against men - in which case it's the man who's always assumed guilty and even law enforcement confirms this - and are encouraged by the legal system to lie and slander their male counterparts in divorce and custody cases. While I agree with what you say here most of the time, your bigotry against straight Caucasian men is painfully obvious.

    MCPunk55MCPunk5512 күн мурун
  • Having recently survived the jury selection process in North Carolina I'll say this... the racial breakdown of my county is 49% white, 35%black, 14% hispanic/latino, and 2% other. The composition of those summoned for jury duty was about the same. Each juror was asked exactly the same questions and out of a pool of 50 by the time a jury of 12 jurors and 2 alternates was selected all but ONE African American had been excused. Before you say this is proof of racism, the prosecutor was white, the defendant AND defense attorney were black and they were both tossing African American jury candidates with impunity. I don't think there's a socially correct way to describe what the district attorney was trying to explain in the film about jury selection, he did an awful job. But the fact is jury selection is all about winning. Winning a conviction for the prosecution, winning an acquittal for the defendant. Is the system flawed?, yes. Is it always about racism?, no. It's about winning and that means making smart jury selection decisions.

    kratz57xkratz57x12 күн мурун
  • Go to jail....you don't get any of that you. Grifter

    Caleb FowlerCaleb Fowler12 күн мурун
  • “You don’t want smart people” Wait WHAT?

    Andrew WangAndrew Wang13 күн мурун
  • How can you prove system racism? This.

    Sushi ZushiSushi Zushi14 күн мурун
  • Was dismissed as a juror w/o reason...pretty sure...it's because the plaintiff was Vietnamese and defense thought I'd be biased since I'm also Vietnamese. Weird how they never question if White Americans will be biased towards White plaintiffs/defendants...

    Quynh VanQuynh Van14 күн мурун
  • I feel like this report came out 2 years ago at least, and I don't even remember it being in the white void.

    kilroy987kilroy98715 күн мурун
  • The people who make and prosecute laws are exempt from said laws. Why do you think we have so many stupid laws?

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  • If you get summoned and are actually smart, just play dumb in the selection progress. Maybe then they’ll pick you and you can surprise them.

    Georgia OverdriveGeorgia Overdrive18 күн мурун
  • I love how bad by home city is. Fucking Fort Wayne

    UnicornTamer24UnicornTamer2419 күн мурун
  • I love John Oliver when he doesn't talk much about politics. I'm not into Red or Blue, but taking sides or mocking leaders who are a leader legally is not funny. To me at least. I'm pretty sure everyone who criticize Trump, Biden, Putin, etc will be the same or even worse if put in their shoe! Just saying👍

    Skid Row Siam HanghalSkid Row Siam Hanghal20 күн мурун
  • Now I kinda want to write an automation that tweets "It's almost time to have a great #weekend everyone! Who's with me?" every week.

    NRG StudiosNRG Studios20 күн мурун
  • Thank you Sir John for all you do.

    ordinary average guyordinary average guy20 күн мурун
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  • 16:48 wow, Brett did something good for once. Doesn't negate the whole rape thing, but that's nice, I guess.

    Rocket RaptorRocket Raptor21 күн мурун
  • Yes, I've got a question, would it be possible for a juror or potential juror to flag the strikes as racist? And what about during the hearing? Can't the defendant or a member of the jury say that the jury was racially picked?

    Rocket RaptorRocket Raptor21 күн мурун
  • Canada got rid of preemptory challenges last year. The US should do the same. They have no legitimate purpose.

    Kyle RobertsKyle Roberts23 күн мурун
  • Please Do A Piece on Michael Jackson Hi, I’m writing to you because Last Week Tonight as opposed to other such shows actually cares about issues rather than chasing the headlines. It has been 11 years since Michael Jackson passed away yet to this day what the common consensus is that he is a taboo subject for many. I recall you guys once did a piece on Public Shaming. Michael Jackson was a genius, an abused child. He was strange. He was one of the few major stars from the 80s who came out of the 80s without a heroine addiction. He in his own way did many, Many strange things, but so do most other superstars. And more than others he actually cared. About children, about the earth. About the issues we are discussing to this day. While Icons like Freddy Mercury, Elvis Pressley, Prince, Beetles and many more are known for their good works, Michael is known for the something which he has repeatedly been acquitted for. It’s the truth that anyone looking for will find instantly but due to the “where there is smoke there is a fire” narrative, even 11 years after his death, the new media treats him like a criminal. All his trial pages are open for the public to read. He WAS weird. Making a ranch called neverland, hanging out with children. Trusting people he shouldn’t. But I urge you please cover him, hear beyond the noise like you guys often do. The most successful African American Artist of all time was a humble man child, who respected women, loved children and cared about our environment. He was not a heroine junkie, a private man who did not share his disease even all the way back in 1993 even though he was accused of wanting to become a “White Man”. He was eccentric. Hanging out with animals and caring about them. theobjectivestandard.com/2020/02/justice-for-michael-jackson/ This article covers multiple sources, some of which I had read previously. Michael Jackson was a multi talented millionaire pop star, who was not an alcoholic, was a caring father, a filial son, Treated women with respect, cared about the planet and it’s beings. The press that constantly kept DASHING him, had found a way to subvert their guilt. All those years of calling him a “Jacko”, “monkey” and many more hurtful things was justified if he was a paedophile. They NEEDED him to be guilty. Such a man cannot exist in Hollywood. Such public shaming had allowed and to this day allows Michael to be a victim to all this slander. Please do a piece, if not one that exonerates him then one that once and for all cements the fact the Michael Jackson, the greatest pop star, the first African American Idol was a paedophile. Not through unknown sources or flimsy headlines but through concrete proof. A news echoing in a closed chamber will not reach anyone, most fans who what to know the truth know it, other people will read the headlines but not the explanations. It’s about time the general public knows. Please do a piece on Michael, the blatant mistreatment by the media, The systematic racism he faced during his trials. Please don’t let the first African American Singer be remembered for the things he did not do, He was weird, weird enough to annoy Freddy Mercury with Bubbles feedbacks, weird enough to let kids crack raw eggs over Michael Jackson, Weird enough to play water balloons with children. But he was not a paedophile and the world needs to acknowledge that. He was in no way a “Perfect Human” but he tried his best to live right and we should not punish him for doing that. On this year please exonerate this Black man, the Justice System has done it two decades ago, it’s about time everyone else does. Please do a piece on Michael Jackson. #spreadtheawareness #justiceformichael #hedeservedbetter

    Plumikii RyuPlumikii Ryu27 күн мурун
  • Children included fuck you. lol 6:30

    Ayub AliAyub Ali27 күн мурун
  • Wow this episode was such an eye opener. Thankyou John

    Marques KingMarques King27 күн мурун
  • wow, what did Hartford do wrong to John? lol

    GaurisGauris28 күн мурун
  • That Race Card was so weird

    Anthony DAnthony D28 күн мурун
  • When that kid said "i got jury duty" i cracked up

    heyysimoneheyysimone29 күн мурун
  • Wait, don't you have ID's in the US? Because not owning a drivers license is understandable, but don't you have to be able to identify yourself?

    TriggerViperTriggerViper29 күн мурун
    • you can watch cgp grey's video on the social security card

      Don'tSpikeMyDrinkDon'tSpikeMyDrink28 күн мурун
  • The beginning of the Danbury saga

    AtmapalazzoAtmapalazzoАй мурун
  • you know guys, I'm starting to think that people of color really get the short end of the stick in this country lol

    Kana BeatsKana BeatsАй мурун
    • @Don'tSpikeMyDrink because I already knew that. I didn't just start to think that

      Kana BeatsKana Beats28 күн мурун
    • @Kana Beats how is it sarcastic

      Don'tSpikeMyDrinkDon'tSpikeMyDrink28 күн мурун
    • @Don'tSpikeMyDrink gotta let em know it's sarcasm somehow!

      Kana BeatsKana Beats28 күн мурун
    • "lol" - Kana, on racial discrimination

      Don'tSpikeMyDrinkDon'tSpikeMyDrink28 күн мурун
  • Can we all please step back, take a deep breath and discuss the real important shit in the entire segment? WHY THE FUCK THE RACE CARD CARD??????

    nanucitnanucitАй мурун
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  • My very black grandmother is 78 years old and has been registered to vote longer then I’ve been alive and in the year 2021 for the very first time she was called to serve for jury duty.

    Nia HaleyNia HaleyАй мурун
  • Damn, those prosecutors make Miles Edgeworth seem friendly.

    king of games and animeking of games and animeАй мурун
  • So the prosecution hand pick their favourite jury and can hold on to crucial evidence for the defendant until the last minute. Kinda makes sense that the US has the highest percentage of prison population in the world. The land of the free (unless you're not).

    nox 333nox 333Ай мурун
  • I’m adding this one the horse fucking list

    djtomoydjtomoyАй мурун
  • I live in Hartford and can confirm: Fuck Danbury.

    Pratima SinghPratima SinghАй мурун
  • Bias is a real problem with juries and it comes from all races. It can be like what John talked about with white people generally finding minorities guilty more often (or the opposite). Yet, it can also be in the form of minorities being less likely to convict members of the same race because of racial and cultural ties. Take, for example, the OJ case, black jurors openly admitted that they made their decision solely to spite white people. I will say that this case could easily be an outlier based on the public aspect. As much as I would like racial bias to stop existing, it realistically probably won’t. The best thing we can do is make our jury system truly random like is purports to be. Surprisingly, I found what the DA said about picking less smart black women the most problematic. Surely, smarter people are better as they are more capable of avoiding bias right? Perhaps this thought process has more to do with the systems natural tendency to pick people who are ‘dumber’ as they cannot think as independently, and are less likely to question the arguments made in court. I see this expressed with some comments of people saying that scientists are far less likely to be picked. Realistically, the system and these lawyers do want the jurors to be biased, just in a way that benefits them. Sadly, I do not have a great solution to find justice in a fair, yet effective way. Still, it’s easy to see that there are major problems with the status quo and it’s not just racist people.

    Jared BrayJared BrayАй мурун
    • Technically bias can be reduced by making people spend time with other minorities. They've done studies on this and in group/out group bias is much stronger when you're only around people of your in group, even when the in group in question can be something as arbitrary as being assigned garlic bread in a 'which Italian food are you?' quiz. Basically, humans are weird and are constantly forming boxes in their heads and exposure to people from other boxes reduces bias towards the entire group.

      The ViewerThe ViewerАй мурун
  • I'm now 23 and have still never even been summoned for Jury Duty. I won't even complain about it when I do by this point because it's been five years since I became able to be summoned in an area where almost everyone gets their first summons at 18 or 19.

    Andovia212Andovia212Ай мурун
  • I’m an English barrister called Killian Garvey (Google me for proof). I’m convinced that John Oliver would make a great barrister based on his ability to communicate and argue

    Killian GarveyKillian GarveyАй мурун
  • When the accidents so consistantly emit the same group of people, you start to doubt how much of an accident it actually is.

    Megami HestiaMegami HestiaАй мурун
  • can anyone give me the link for that greg's website

    Sharif Ferdous ArkoSharif Ferdous ArkoАй мурун
  • I'm scared... I had the exact same thoughts about the Race Card card before John stared talking about it. WHERE IS THE RACE CARD CARD NOW!?!?!?!?!

    Eric HaoEric HaoАй мурун
  • Jury selection. It happens in the UK too. At the Old Bailey. I turned up for two days dressed in jacket and tie, and realised after sitting on 2 selection panels, I was not being selected. Neither prosecuting nor defending barristers wanted intelligent jurors. I observed who was selected. The next day, I turned up unkempt, in jeans and tee shirt and gave the impression of being disinterested and bored, and immediately got onto a jury. I got to be the foreman by putting myself forward and controlled the way the other 11 acted. Most jurors just wanted to get home as soon as possible. There were 2 brothers as defendants. One committed robbery, the other just was led into the act by his elder brother.. I influenced the others to be undecided about and acquit the one who was doing this to protect a younger brother (who was not in the trial because of his age), and to convict the violent brother. It was obvious the police had been after the brothers for some time, and there were other prosecutions pending for them. Because of the system, I guessed that they both would both be going down to do some jail time. I also realised that a couple of jurors had been "got at" outside the court either by police, or the prosecution lawyers, and were very afraid of not convicting. and I couldn't persuade these two, so we had to get a majority verdict. It was hard work. The Policemen as witnesses were lying through their teeth, by appearing to be incompetent, forgetful, and sharing a notebook. The Judge seemed to dismiss evidence from other witnesses as being unreliable, on the basis of them being themselves part of the society that the defendants came from. I was glad to try to redress the balance. The system was not a fair one.

    Chris KnightChris KnightАй мурун
  • So many “accidents”

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  • Having a majority black jury totally worked in the OJ Simpson case. They totally didn’t acquit solely because he was black.

    shrimp19921shrimp19921Ай мурун
    • glad you see it that way

      Don'tSpikeMyDrinkDon'tSpikeMyDrink28 күн мурун
  • Oh! This must be the beginning of the Danbury Saga! Fun!

    Warren GarabrandtWarren GarabrandtАй мурун
  • Juries are inherently flawed.

    Rita TaylorRita TaylorАй мурун
  • Been selected twice but both times they where ended in plea bargains before trial.

    jabadahut50jabadahut50Ай мурун
  • Why yes, I do LIKE RAKES!

    ViolentLeeViolentLee2 ай мурун
  • lol the race card rant..classic

    EveniosEvenios2 ай мурун
  • John Oliver nitpicking on the "Race Card" presentation is amongst the best things I've seen in a while

    M.G. KhatravinskyM.G. Khatravinsky2 ай мурун
  • One of the weirdest things in the US: having to be registered in order to be able to vote... In any functioning democracy you get to vote because you are a citzien... No registration needed

    Lars LLars L2 ай мурун
  • I think this is more of an issue with the adversarial legal system than anything else. They are striking black jurors because in their bigotry they think the black jurors will be more harsh. A lawyer shouldn't be trying to convict someone and a lawyer shouldn't be trying to exonerate someone. Lawyers should be doing their best to seek the truth. The adversarial system breeds corruption and turns court cases into dick measuring contests for lawyers. Whoever has the biggest dick gets to either put someone in jail or protect someone from jail whether they are innocent or guilty.

    VisitantVisitant2 ай мурун
  • Ah the start of the Danbury wars

    Andrew KnickerbockerAndrew Knickerbocker2 ай мурун
  • Oj Simpson black jury concluded case in 4 hours . It took 9 months to make the case

    Nikhil kumar RoyNikhil kumar Roy2 ай мурун
  • “You dont want smart people” I've heard from college professors that the fastest way they got kicked off jury... was to simply mention they were college professors

    TARINunit9TARINunit92 ай мурун
  • Wow, I didnt know women were a minority, I thought 50% of humans were women. Thanks Mr. Prosecutor guy

    Bill ChipherBill Chipher2 ай мурун
  • YEAH I LOVE THAT CASTLE... SO PHUQ YOU DANBURY!

    Salt DaemonSalt Daemon2 ай мурун
  • Danbury wow it has been going on for longer than I thought. Don’t Danbury this up. Love from Australia

    kerry nichollskerry nicholls2 ай мурун
  • John give me a chance to help you write and I will be the Rudy of the office!!

    Michael WhiteheadMichael Whitehead2 ай мурун
  • I know someone that said "Who wants to be tried by 12 people that are too stupid to get out of jury duty"?

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    JASON HUANGJASON HUANG2 ай мурун
  • Did Oliver acknowledge he's an owl?

    Anurag ChakrabortyAnurag Chakraborty2 ай мурун
  • Whats wrong with an actual physical wheel? I say use a wheel instead of a computer program, and have alot of rules like a government sanctioned color of paper and let a blind citizen do the drawing so there are 3 problems.

    Muhammad UsmanMuhammad Usman2 ай мурун
  • I hate racists that pretend they aren't racist. Because they know what they're doing is bad and yet still do it. At least the KKK think they are good and are open about it

    Captain YumYumCaptain YumYum2 ай мурун
  • Still hoping we get a Greg Perry episode next season!

    Calvin JamesCalvin James2 ай мурун
  • "And, this is true, FUCK DANBURY!" Wait, that's true?

    JLJL2 ай мурун
  • Pls read amendment again. Of your peers is not there! Never has been.

    Cats NcatsCats Ncats2 ай мурун
  • I didnt see any thumbs down on any replies, am I trippin??????????????????????????

    Jonathan BaileyJonathan Bailey2 ай мурун
    • Wtf I've never seen that, there is always haters

      Jonathan BaileyJonathan Bailey2 ай мурун
  • America is just so racist it's hard to wrap your head around it

    Richard RichardsonRichard Richardson2 ай мурун
  • Didn't even talk about how Jury instruction can vary, and jurors are not properly taught what their role is.

    ChanchoChancho2 ай мурун
  • good content, no advertisements! awesome job

    Suyog DaniSuyog Dani2 ай мурун