Executive Orders: The Ultimate Non-Jury Verdict

Posted on AllSides January 19th, 2016
From The Center
OPINION

As I sat through orientation for jury duty the morning of January 5, the irony did not escape me.

The jury clerk thanked us prospective jurors, underscoring that we’d been summoned away from our jobs and responsibilities for good cause. “Imagine if we had no juries, and every court decision rested solely in the hands of a single judge, as it does in many other nations,” he said. The system would be ripe for biased outcomes and abuse of authority. “Democracy cannot not be realized when left only in the...

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