The jury system works because it’s not composed of the great and good.

 

Original letter to Daily Express:

Sorry, Fred. Although you often come up with sensible, obvious solutions to many issues, your idea of official jurors is a woeful non-starter.
Apart from the time and money involved, you invite rigged juries.

How small would your cadre of jurors be?

How difficult would it be to categorise them into those who give favourable verdicts on specific types of crime?

The present system is based on a large anonymous group, chosen at random, making it difficult to predict their mindsets.
For me, the judge had no right to dismiss the Pryce jury.
He should have answered their questions (inane, crazy, absurd, whatever) and told them to sort it out themselves.

The Jury was never designed to ascertain the truth but to use its combined life experience to gauge the likelihood of innocence.
In one case, which I vaguely recall, in Holland, a jury found an accused innocent, despite overwhelming evidence of guilt.
The verdict was applauded by the public in Holland and here, because justice can’t be decided by officials; it’s what the public, young or old, educated, or ignorant, stupid, or clever,wise, or foolish,say it is.

A jury is like a choir. Individuals may produce painful renditions but the group synthesises an acceptable approximation of something good. Maybe we should just have bigger juries with a 90% vote?

Printed version:

SORRY, Frederick Forsyth. Although you often come up with sensible solutions to many issues, your idea of official jurors is a woeful non-starter.

 

Apart from the time and money involved, you invite rigged juries.

 

How small would your cadre of jurors be? How difficult would it be to categorise them into those who give favourable verdicts on specific types of crime?

 

The present system is based on a large anonymous group, chosen at random, making it difficult to predict their mindsets. Maybe we should. just have bigger juries?

 

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