QUESTION TEXT: Lawyer: Juries are traditionally given their instructions…
QUESTION TYPE: Strengthen – Exception
CONCLUSION: Jury instructions should be simple and easy to understand.
REASONING: It’s more important for juries to understand their role, than it is for their role to be precisely specified.
ANALYSIS: Many of the wrong answers seem too obvious. That’s ok. They still strengthen the argument by making some assumptions explicit.
- This shows that the current way of writing jury instructions makes them harder to understand. This seems like something we could have assumed, but making it explicit strengthens the argument.
- This shows that current instructions don’t work.
- This shows that it’s possible for jury instructions to work when they’re simplified. That’s helpful.
- CORRECT. This shows a downside to simplified language. It definitely doesn’t strengthen the argument.
- This shows that the argument’s reasoning isn’t wrong. Precision is not necessary for a basic understanding of a jury’s role.
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