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The Ever Decreasing Jury Tria Rate: Why Is It on Life-Support?

The jury trial is sacred in American jurisprudence. It is enshrined in our state and federal constitutions. It is the reason courthouses have courtrooms and not just chambers. In law schools throughout the nation, it is revered as the crescendo of our legal process. After all, juries search for the truth, they stand between the government and the accused, and they settle disputes between bickering parties. The jury trial is also in mortal danger of becoming a footnote in our justice system.

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