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Lessons Learned on the Bench: Not Everyone Loves a Jury Trial

Hon. Bonnie H. MacLeod (Ret.)
Hon. Bonnie H. MacLeod (Ret.)
JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator and Referee/Special Master

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Those of us of a certain age likely remember the long running sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond.” Each episode began with the voice of Raymond’s brother, Robert, glumly intoning the three words in the show’s title. We learned that Robert’s sibling envy was misplaced. Ray was neither perfect nor universally loved. Even his wife Debra frequently complained of Ray’s failings: his overspending, his chronic lateness, his insensitivity and his careless disclosure of private personal matters.

How, you might legitimately ask, do these musings of a retired judge about a long-retired television program relate to the subject of jury trials and meditation?

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