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'Look at the jury system, everyone!'


With Julie Walters playing QC, many people will.

It may seem odd that a QC will try to win a verdict of innocence while suspecting the accused is guilty, but that is an excellent way to protect the innocent for the QC may be wrong in her suspicions, and every person deserves a fair trial.

With 12 people looking at the evidence, juries can be insightful, wise, and fair. They are a public way to shine a cleansing light on crime.

Of course The Jury suggests they were not wise, but the jury of one at the Guardian, Zoe Williams the drama critic, has something to say about that. (The word begins with b.)

America inherited the jury trial from Britain. Thomas Jefferson observed in a letter to Thomas Paine in 1789 that juries can refuse to convict a person charged under an unfair law, thereby protecting the individual from an oppressive government. Juries were the "only anchor yet imagined by man by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution”.

Imperfect as they may sometimes be, that still holds true.

And that being true, juries are under attack by the democratically deficient European Union.

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