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June 2, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(22):1423. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460220053013

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A medicolegal point of some interest and, though possibly not altogether new, one that will bear repetition, has been made by Dr. C. C. Stockard.1 It is the question of the fitness of drug habitués for places of trust generally but particularly for jury duty. One such individual told him that were he in such a position, rather than be tied up on a jury where there was no opportunity for his getting his accustomed dose, he would consent to the hanging of one he was sure was an innocent man, and the Doctor believes he was no exception in this. We have never happened to hear of a juror being challenged for cause because he was an opium or alcoholic habitué, but there would seem to be no better ground. In fact, we doubt whether this possibility always or even often occurs to the mind of a lawyer

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