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2.9-1 Sympathy/Prejudice

Revised to January 27, 2012

People may have biases for or prejudices against certain other people or certain perceptions or stereotypes of other people. Please understand that your decision must not be reached on the basis of sympathy or bias for or prejudice against any party. The parties come to court asking simply for a cool, impartial determination of the disputed issues based on the facts and the law. That is what they are entitled to and that is how you should approach the decision of this case.  


The committee recommends giving this charge both at the beginning and the end of the trial.




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