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Trial by Jury — An important constitutional right

06/10/2015
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Trial by Jury is one of the most important rights we have as citizens of the United States of America.

In today’s landscape, without a military draft, one of the most important ways citizens serve our country is by serving as jurors in our court system.

Unfortunately, there are those that seek to take the power of the people by way of a jury away and to place arbitrary limits on what a jury can and cannot do in rendering a verdict.  This should offend every citizen, regardless of political affiliation.

Fortunately, the American Board of Trial Advocates, of which I am proud to be a member, has sponsored a public awareness campaign called Save Our Juries . The goal of the campaign is to uphold the jury system provided by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. constitution by educating the American public about the current issues, history and value of the right to trial by jury.

The website contains a bevy of information in the form of articles and videos. The videos are done by people from “both sides of the aisle” and from different walks in life, including Senator Fred Thompson, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Mark Cuban.

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