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        Lindy Lou, Juror Number Two | Lesson Plan Clips

        Upholding the rule of law is a fundamental principle of a democracy. Doing so protects the rights of citizens, maintains order, and limits the power of the government over its citizens. 

        Twenty years ago, Lindy Lou Wells Isonhood believed she was upholding the rule of law by serving on a jury. At the conclusion of the trial, a capital murder case, the jury handed down a death sentence to Bobby Wilcher, a Mississippi man convicted of a double homicide. Since then, Lindy has lived with an unbearable feeling of guilt over her decision. Determined to understand her remorse, Lindy embarks on a road trip across Mississippi to find her fellow jurors. A conservative former federal police officer and religious woman from the South, Lindy manages to tackle this oft-politicized topic with humor, an open mind and sincere curiosity. 

        In this lesson, students will have the opportunity to analyze, consider and respectfully discuss different perspectives on the death penalty by listening to Lindy’s conversations with her fellow jurors, conducting independent research and reflecting on their own beliefs. Students will consider the moral, ethical and constitutional arguments used by others to support or oppose the death penalty. Then, they will articulate their own view by writing a “This I Believe” essay.

        Clip 1: "There Are No Answers"

        This is the first conversation that Lindy has with a fellow jury member about her feelings of guilt and remorse after the conclusion of the trial. The jury member empathizes with Lindy but believes she made the right decision.

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        Clip 2: "It's Been So Long"

        In this clip, Lindy talks to Pete and reflects on his lack of memory of his decision. This clip offers a different viewpoint from a jury member who appears to have very little emotion about, or memory of, sitting on the jury.

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        Clip 3: "You Have to Live with It Every Day"

        This clip begins with Lindy visiting Allen (juror number 7). In this exchange between Lindy, Allen, and Allen’s wife we hear about their shared emotional and spiritual challenges after the verdict was given and after the execution was carried out

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        Clip 4: "Jury Foreman"

        Lindy locates the jury foreman for Bobby Wilcher’s trial, Kenneth. The conversation with Kenneth offers further ethical and moral perspectives on the death penalty. We also hear the letter the jury wrote that was read at Bobby Wilcher's trial.

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        Clip 5: "Pebbles and Ripples"

        The final clip begins with Lindy in the car reflecting on the entire experience. In this clip we hear Lindy reflecting on the larger lessons she has gained from conversations with fellow jury members 20 years after the trial.

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