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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.

The role of juries has expanded in some other countries, such as Japan and China. Why might juries be beneficial in those places?

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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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