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Old 19th May 2020, 08:58 PM   #6
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One of the problems you get with juries is that they are (overall) truly a representation of the public. That means you will get people who are too dumb or too stupid to serve on a jury, who hate the police and the establishment or who love the police and the establishment, who are racists or bigots, or other undesirables, right down to people who just plain can't be arsed and don't even want to be there.

I read a few years ago a suggestion that jurors ought to be selected from a pool of volunteers, who need to pass a rudimentary IQ test and a psych evaluation to show that they are fit for duty. Having volunteers gets around the problem of people not wanting to be there.
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