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"You The Jury" review by Eva Diaz  4/3/17
Premieres Friday, April 14 on FOX.

If you have read my other TV show reviews, you know I love to watch lawyer shows. When I heard the commercials for this one, it piqued my interest. The show centers on a real trial, with high-profile famous attorneys prosecuting and defending real cases.  The plantiff and defendant in the case agree to let the audience watching the show vote to decide the case.  The audience's decision is legal and binding. I enjoyed wathing the lawyers try the case in the premiere episode, called "Facebook Racisim." In this civil case, young mother accuses a co-worker of posting picture of her 3-year- old-son, and then his frinds made racist comments about the picture.  She's suing for emotional distress. Since the show's verdict is live, and the show hasn't yet aired, I can't comment on the ending, obviously.

I like this show, for the most part, but I don't like that the show had an audience that would clap, boo or hiss when they agreed or disagreed with a point the lawyers or witnesses made.  This took away from the case and was very distracting and disrespectful. I also don't think that the audience at home should vote by text to decide what happens in what can be very emotional cases. I think it makes the law trivial and disrespects the justice system. They have a judge that sustains and overrules the lawyers objections, and I assume that when the votes from the public come in, she will give the verdict and pass sentence on the defendant. In my point of view, this show doesn't need a judge present at all, but I guess they want to make things as real as possible.

I give this show a 3 out of 5 stars because it tends to be a little slow at times. I would watch it if there was a case that interested me, but I wouldn't watch it every week.


"Facebook Racism"


FRI APR 14 9/8c

For the first time ever, new unscripted series YOU THE JURY gives the biggest jury pool in history – America – the power to decide the outcome of some of the most explosive, real-life, ripped-from-the-headline civil cases. With FOX News’ Jeanine Pirro hosting, six top attorneys who’ve represented some of the nation’s biggest celebrities argue their cases each week for America’s vote. Every vote counts in the all-new “Facebook Racism” episode of YOU THE JURY airing Friday, April 14 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  

Each week, the show’s prosecution and defense – including attorneys Jose Baez, who defended Casey Anthony; Benjamin Crump, who has fought for justice for Trayvon Martin; and Joseph Tacopina, who has represented some of the biggest stars in America; as well as Areva Martin, Mike Cavalluzzi and Charla Aldous – will question and cross-examine the litigants and expert witnesses, as they present their arguments to America and former judge of the Superior Court of California LaDoris Cordell.

The cases will address hot-button issues that define America today. Whether it’s online trolling and the limits of free speech; the constitutional clash of gay rights with religious freedom; or whether someone’s death was the result of a tragic accident or something far more sinister, YOU THE JURY will investigate the law and the intense human stories behind it. In a dramatic twist, the closing arguments will be presented by the plaintiff and the defendant as they sit across from one another.

Once the cases are presented, it will be up to America to decide who will prevail. Viewers will have the opportunity to vote for approximately five minutes, via text and the FOX Now App, after the case has been presented. At the end of the East/Central time zone broadcast, “America’s Verdict” will be revealed. The vote on the verdict is 100% live and binding and it will reflect the decision made by the biggest jury in history – the American public. However, when the West Coast votes, if the cumulative votes (East/Central and West Coast/Mountain Time Zone combined) lead to a different verdict, the original verdict will be overturned as the final outcome of the case.

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