Unformatted text preview: Which type of trial—jury or bench—best serves the public's interest in justice? Some people want to abolish jury trials. They contend that many trials today involve legal and technical questions that are too complex for the average citizen to grasp and that judges are better equipped to decide the outcome. The right to jury trial reflects, on the other hand, a judgment about the way in which law should be enforced and justice should be administered. A right to jury trial is granted to criminal defendants to prevent oppression by the government. “Providing an accused with the right to be tried by a jury of his peers gave him an inestimable safeguard against the corrupt or overzealous prosecutor and against the compliant, biased, or eccentric judge,” the Supreme Court said in Duncan v. Louisiana (1968)....
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- Fall '09
- Jury trial, prosecutor, Duncan