Left gaping like a flounder by some of the jury’s questions

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It’s not often I’m rendered speechless, as the words after my name at the top of this column imply.

But this week I was left gaping like a flounder when I read some of the questions that the jurors in the Vicky Pryce trial had asked the judge.

One of those questions was asking the judge to define what ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ means – something that not only had he already explained, but which anyone with even a rudimentary grasp of the English language should be able to understand.

There are 12 people on a jury – you’d have thought that at least one of them would have known.

The trial was due to restart today. I just hope the new lot asked to sit in judgment of this case don’t waste any more taxpayers’ money.