The Jury : The Only Anchor Ever Imaged By Man Essay

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Trial by jury has been prominent among the United States Judicial System since the medieval times. Originating in medieval England, the jury consists of twelve locals in order to decide the fate of the one being tried. Constitutionally, the government cannot revoke someone’s right to life, liberty, and property until the jury is convinced of one’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The jury is essential in preventing governmental encroachment and ensuring that the rights given by the Constitution are being honored. Thomas Jefferson called the jury “the only anchor ever imaged by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.”
The purpose of the jury is basic - decide, based upon factual evidence, one’s guilt or innocence. The verdicts of the jury are supposed to be based solely on evidence, and the members of the jury are supposed to stay impartial and uninfluenced. Unfortunately, this is not always the case among juries. Many jurors in history have made obviously incorrect verdicts. It is logically presumed that these poor verdicts are based upon misunderstanding due to lack of information and education on the case, and bias among the jury. Abolishment of the jury is profusely frowned upon by American citizens, as the fear of governmental encroachment is prominent. The only way to properly train jurors is through a required six hour class prior to jury duty. The class will teach the basics of the law, along with specifics related to the…

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