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Johnson reflects on jury experience

Your jury summons for the “next big case” may be arriving soon. Read about what happens if you are selected in the book “Juror Number Three” by local author Linda Johnson.

The book, released in 2015, is an informative and revealing account of her experience on a high-profile capital murder trial in Phoenix. It is now available at Changing Hands-Phoenix, 300 W. Camelback Road. Johnson will be on-hand to sign copies of her book at the store from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 11.

The case received media coverage at the time of the murder and during the trial. To the public, it seemed likely the jury would return a guilty verdict. But the process is more than just 12 people voting. Johnson’s detailed notes of “an incredibly intense experience” provide an accurate account of the trial and give insight into its surprising outcome. As you read the jury instructions, testimony, evidence and exhibits shared in these pages, you will be able to determine what your own decision might have been as a juror on this case.

Johnson attended Arizona State University where she received a degree in Political Science. The summer after graduation she worked in Washington, D.C., then went to Spain for a year, where she earned a Diploma in Hispanic Studies from the University of Barcelona. Johnson then entered a career with the U. S. Census Bureau in Suitland, Maryland and later continued her occupation in demography with the State of Arizona. She is now retired and enjoying her lifelong interests as an artist and equestrian.

Johnson has sat on the jury of three criminal trials: first in municipal court, later in federal court and most recently a high profile capital murder trial in superior court, which she details in her book.

“Juror Number Three” also is available in paperback and Kindle formats from Amazon.com.

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