Runaway Jury Essay

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Runaway Jury Essay The Runaway Jury by John Grisham draws you into a story of power. While the widow of a man who was killed by lung cancer, after smoking for most of his life, is suing a tobacco company, the reader finds out that this is not a normal trial case. Usually the side with the most votes gets their verdict, but now there is a single powerful person who controls all of it.. The plot revolves around Pynex, it is one of the ‘Big Four' tobacco companies in the United States. They are being sued by Celeste Wood who was the wife of a man who died from lung cancer; he smoked all his life which led to his diagnosis. In the book, The Runaway Jury corruption and power are the major themes. As the book progresses, you can see the jury was strategically chosen the lawyers. The defense and the prosecution decide the people together. Big companies like this tobacco company always are very precise when planning. They plan on how they are going to win the trials, by this part of the novel a new character is introduced, and a tip from an anonymous young woman suggests she is able to predict the jurors' increasingly odd behavior. Is the jury somehow being manipulated, or even controlled? If so, by whom? And, more importantly, why? In the end, the Tobacco company finds out that the person they trusted was not in fact a person to believe. "In this, the biggest tobacco trial yet, with the biggest plaintiff's lawyers lined up with millions, his beloved Marlee would hand him a verdict." She lied and the trusting flitch fell for her lies. She took 10 million dollars from him but once the lawyers found out that both of her parents had died because of smoking-related, lung cancer deaths she wisely gave it back. People file ridiculous lawsuits all the time against larger companies, and it's certainly possible that the industry could team up to

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