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.
“The jury, passing on the prisoner's life,
May in the sworn twelve have a thief or two
Guiltier than him they try.”
"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."
“A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.”
“Black jurors sit on juries every day and convict black people every day.”
“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.”
“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."
“A jury is a group of twelve people of average ignorance.”
“I lost court cases and misdemeanor juries, but of felony jury trials I was successful 105 of 106 times.”
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