“I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man,
by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.”
- Thomas Jefferson
“Those who wrote our constitutions knew from history and experience that it was necessary to protect against unfounded criminal charges brought to eliminate enemies and against judges too responsive to the voice of higher authority.”
– Justice BYRON WHITE, citing Duncan v. Louisiana, 391 US 145, 156 (1968)):
If you bring 100 people into trial courts to hear any case, TYPICALLY, some would vote one way, and some would vote the other. BUT, juries only have 12 people max! If you don’t understand the importance of jury selection, then your freedom is at risk. People see evidence based on core values, life experience and other factors not determined by lawyers. A lawyer cannot change a person who votes guilty and persuade them that they did not see evidence of guilt.