Saturday, August 21, 2010

Should we keep Juries in criminal cases?

Should we ??Should we keep Juries in criminal cases?
It is a constitutional requirement to have juries unless the defendant waives their right.Should we keep Juries in criminal cases?
Jury trials actually comprise only about 5% of all criminal case dispositions. The vast majority are plea bargained, the remainder dismissed or nolle prossed. Since it is a right guaranteed by the Constitution if the defendant so chooses, removing it would require a Constitutional amendment that I doubt would (or should) pass.

The right to a jury is constitutionally guaranteed. It is a procedural due process protection against potential abuse of power by the government.

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