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Jurors underpaid and poorly treated for duties provided

Juries can be subjected to extremely long, graphic, trials for little pay. They are then forbidden from talking about the experience after the fact -- even to counsellors.(Alex Tavshunsky/CBC)

The jurors charged with deciding the Greeks murder trial spent 18 months hearing the facts of the case, then another 12 days sequestered deciding the fate of the five men on trial.

In the end, they convicted all five Greeks gang members: Peter Manolakos, Dale Sipes, Leslie Podolski, Sheldon O'Donnell and Douglas Brownell

Four of the five were convicted of first degree murder, while Brownell was convicted of two manslaughter charges.

All the murders were committed in the Vernon area between 2004 and 2005.

Sonia Chopra, a litigation consultant, did her doctoral thesis on juror stress at Simon Fraser University, and interviewed dozens of jurors for her thesis.

She tells Daybreak guest host, Alya Ramadan, that she believes jurors should be better compensated and better treated for the services they provide society.
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