The Professional Juror Act
My fellow Americans, our judicial system is one of the greatest on Earth. But it could be even better.
It has been joked many times that the foundation of our judicial system is based on the opinions of 12 people who were not smart enough to find a way to get out of jury duty.
I'm sure each and every one of you out there has thought to yourself, upon hearing a verdict, "What's wrong with these idiots? How did they get THAT verdict?"
I know I have.
Has you or somebody you know ever been called to jury duty and relieved when they managed to get out of it?
It seems to me that the idea of a jury of your peers was a good thing 200 years ago. In our far more comlplex society of today, however, I think there may be a better way.
Do you understand what makes a DNA sample good or what makes it questionable? Are you an expert in ballistics, or could you understand the concepts or implications of certain factors if they were explained to you by an expert? Can you tell the difference between somebody who is insane and somebody who is just a very messed up individual? And if you think that you can do all of these things, how much faith do you have that the average person called to jury could do the same?
Today, law enforcement is using technology that our founding fathers could have never even dreamed of - and if they did, they probably would have been nightmares. But what's more, this technology may be beyond the comprehension of the average American.
Additionally, people today are far busier than they were 2 centuries ago. The burden of being called for jury duty can be stressful for anybody.
My proposal is to create a system of professional jurors. The professional juror pool would be a diverse group of people that would span all demographics - age, race, sex, socioeconomic class - and would consist of educated people specializing in criminal justice and the various disciplines that may come into play in a trial.
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And it will eliminate the draft system we have in place today.
I myself have been called to jury duty in two weeks. How do I plan to get out of it? The Against Capital Punishment t-shirt from MG Apparel. If that doesn't get me out of it, our judicial system is in worse shape than I thought, and you need to get me into the Oval Office today.