I think that on balance the jury system works pretty well.
The idea is that, in America anyway, it is better for 9
guilty men to go free than for 1 innocent man to go to jail.
It may seem wrong, but since there is no perfect system and
no way to really know, I guess it's better this way than the other
I absolutely agree with you. I tend to have the kids ask me why
it has to be majority rule. They have a hard time with majority
rule and seem to prefer the option of all or nothing. Teenagers,
they always seem to act without doubt, and demand all or nothing,
as long as it does not affect them negatively.
In our Mock trials, they seem to always end up a hung Jury or
mistrial. I always have to return to the concept of "Beyond
Reasonable Doubt", and find it is a tough one to clarify with a