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Quotes about juries

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Sometimes people think that they make the right decisions and advance the course of justice. Other times, they are perceived as making the entirely wrong choices. Today’s quotes are about juries--why the system needs them, why people don’t want to be on them, and how lawyers can figure them out.

“When you go into court you are putting your fate into the hands of twelve people who weren't smart enough to get out of jury duty.”
-Norm Crosby

“The jury, passing on the prisoner's life,
May in the sworn twelve have a thief or two
Guiltier than him they try.”
-William Shakespeare

"I consider trial by jury as the only anchor yet imagined by man by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution."
-Thomas Jefferson

“A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.”
-Robert Frost

“Black jurors sit on juries every day and convict black people every day.”
-Johnnie Cochran

“If the jury have no right to judge of the justice of a law of the government, they plainly can do nothing to protect the people against the oppressions of the government; for there are no oppressions which the government may not authorize by law.”
-Lysander Spooner

“Jury: A group of 12 people, who, having lied to the judge about their health, hearing, and business engagements, have failed to fool him.”
-Henry Louis Mencken

"The jury has the right to judge both the law as well as the fact in controversy."
-John Jay

“A jury is a group of twelve people of average ignorance.”
-Herbert Spencer

“I lost court cases and misdemeanor juries, but of felony jury trials I was successful 105 of 106 times.”
-Vincent Bugliosi

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