The jury room was like a scene from the movie 12 angry men. In the first vote, twelve high school students agreed to convict the defendant of strangling his girlfriend in a sham trial.
But then a young man sitting near the corner of a bookshelf spoke in a low voice. He doubted the guilt of the fictional person.
“I want to know,” barked a young man at the other table. “Why do you think he’s not guilty?”
The evidence wasn’t true, his classmate explained.
Instead of a secret jury room in Dallas County’s top criminal court, these students were in their library at Kimball High School in Oak Cliff, learning about the criminal justice system from a judge-led program called Pipeline to Possibilities.