What happened to trial by jury? - Suja A. Thomas
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In the United States today, juries decide less than 4% of criminal cases
and less than 1% of civil cases filed in court. At the same time, jury
systems in other countries are growing. So what happened in the US? And
could the disappearance of juries be a good thing? Suja A. Thomas
explores both sides of this dilemma.
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Despite this abundance of federal and state constitutional authority, juries actually very rarely decide most modern criminal and civil matters, and the role of the jury continues to shrink over time. There are several reasons for the jury’s demise. For example, plea bargaining occurs in a lot of criminal cases, as the New York Times has described. Summary Judgment is another cause for the decline, as stated in the New York Times. Arbitration is another reason why juries decide few cases, as described in this series of articles by the New York Times.
Should we be concerned about the diminishing role of the jury in deciding our criminal and civil legal matters? Some people, such as the owner of the Dallas Mavericks and star of the Shark Tank, Mark Cuban, are concerned about the jury. He gives his opinion about the importance of juries in this video. Here is more information about a book on the fall of the jury and how to restore the jury’s authority. Juries are not perfect. At times they could be more diverse. They also can have bias. Other decision-makers such as judges may have the same problems. At the same time, jury systems in other countries grow. There are many different perspectives on this issue. Watch Professor Thomas’ video for more information.
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Meet The Creators
- Educator Suja A. Thomas
- Director Hernando Bahamon
- Script Editor Alex Gendler
- Animator Miguel Otálora
- Compositor Jorge Jaramillo
- Composer Manuel Borda
- Associate Producer Jessica Ruby
- Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
- Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
- Narrator Pen-Pen Chen