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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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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

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