REVIEW: Discussions get heated in The Jury Room S1E5 when one member plays devil’s advocate
Expect passionate discussions in CBS Reality’s The Jury Room tonight, as twelve citizens unpack the motives of a potential killer.
Episode five of this ingenious new series focuses on the case of Ben Geen, a hospital worker accused of killing two patients and causing grievous bodily harm to fifteen others between December 2003 and February 2004.
During the short period of a couple of months, 18 elderly patients had fallen inexplicably ill at Horton hospital in Banbury after suffering respiratory attacks, which seemingly bared no relation to the minor illnesses they had been admitted to hospital for originally. The unusual cluster of attacks caused certain members of staff to become suspicious, especially when they realised worker Ben Geen had been on duty during every one of the 18 incidents.
When approached by detectives, Geen was found with a syringe in his fleece pocket which had been filled with a muscle relaxant named Vecuronium. Traces of a sedative, Midazolam, were also found when the item of clothing was taken away for testing.
Tonight, the show’s jury – made up of 12 real-life people with varying ages, genders and backgrounds – are asked to revisit the case of Ben Geen in order to reach their own verdict. Unlike last week’s episode, which introduced an especially ambiguous case with absolutely no forensic evidence, this week viewers are given an insight into what jury discussions look like when the majority of evidence leans towards one particular verdict.
Much of the debate revolves around the subject of the syringe, and why exactly Geen would have snuck the needle back to his house after a day at work if he didn’t have a sinister motive. As has been the case with every episode so far, it is truly fascinating to listen to the room of everyday civilians deeply analyse the motives of the accused in an attempt to develop their own theory of what actually happened.
For the majority of the jury, evidence fails to stack up for the defense. However, when one member of the group plays devil’s advocate in order to balance out the conversation, discussions become a lot more heated.
Will she be able to alter the perspective of her fellow jury?
For fans who enjoy The Jury Room and would like to hear more about the proceedings, CBS has launched a companion podcast for the series – available to download and listen below: