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n a certain number of citizens selected according to law and sworn to inquire of certain matters of fact and to declare the truth on evidence submitted to them.
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Juries are now going to hear things they never heard before.
Furthermore, juries were remarkably inconsistent in their response to the alienists' diagnoses.
Jury trials fail not because of "louts, nincompoops, and media whores" on juries, but because soi-disant "people smarter than themselves" such as judges, lawyers, and media types subvert the system.
Attorneys are now successfully arguing that, without knowledge of previous settlements, it is impossible for juries and judges to fairly apportion liability to defendants.
Juries these days include women, of course, but in other ways they are still something of a paradox.
They all hew to a standard line, starting with a juicy but misleading--or even fictitious--lawsuit horror story typically describing an irresponsible plaintiff, followed by "studies" on the economic damage of the tort system published by corporate front groups, finally ending with calls for "reforms" to rein in mushy-headed juries and greedy trial lawyers.
Juries want to hear a logical and meaningful story about what happened, and they also want to see it in their minds.
Dwyer quotes law professors, lawyers, and judges who concur that there is a trend toward taking issues away from juries.
Juries exist because our society believes that some cases are appropriate for ordinary people, who are not politicians, lawyers, or judges, to make decisions about justice.
The historic and continuing reason for this separate standard in the selection of jurors is that the jury role isn't narrowly professional but broadly political; juries are representatives of "the People" and therefore have been temporarily empowered to apply "community standards "to the case before them.
Industry representatives are still naturally apprehensive that juries will be seeking someone to compensate the victim, regardless of whether the owner provided secure working locks on apartment building doors.