As the editor in chief of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 2011, Kevin Riley is used to covering crime in the news. But when he was selected to serve on the jury for a double homicide in Fulton County Superior Court, ultimately serving as jury foreman, he gained a whole new perspective on the inner workings of the criminal justice system, the power of a jury, and the concept of justice itself.
Riley tells his story in Season 6 of the AJC’s “Breakdown” podcast entitled, “A Jury of His Peers,” which earned the American Bar Association’s prestigious Silver Gavel award in July. The Silver Gavel award honors work that is “exemplary in fostering the American public’s understanding of law and the legal system.” The ABA has been awarding the Silver Gavel since 1958, when director Sidney Lumet’s classic jury room drama “12 Angry Men” won.
Hear Kevin share his jury experience with the Rotary Club of Atlanta in our podcast, part of the club’s “Leadership in Action” series.