Jury Trials, Though In Decline, Are Well Worth Preserving

Law360 (April 23, 2019, 9:09 PM EDT) -- In a recent Law360 guest article, author J.B. Heaton applauds the disappearance of jury trials because he thinks lawyers who try cases to juries are “con men and charlatans” and jurors are “gullible.” He tries to justify their disappearance by claiming that jury trials are costly to jurors and lawyers (he must mean “parties” since the trial lawyers I know usually get paid for going to court).

As someone who has been trying cases for both sides of the docket for over 50 years, and most recently, traveling around the country interviewing judges, former jurors and general counsel of repeat consumers...

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