Juries of our peers are necessary to fight tyranny

Published: Sunday, Jul. 21, 2013 - 11:07 am

Re "Jury of our peers not working" (Letters, July 18): The tragically misinformed letter writer, outraged that we have a jury system returning verdicts she doesn't like, suggests we ditch the jury system and let judges cast our fate in court.

Too bad she's unaware that the jury system, around since at least the 12th century, exists precisely to prevent judges (the "state") from holding too much power. That terrible kind of power that would allow the state to act as accuser, judge, and executioner. Juries are what keep us from becoming a totalitarian police state.

-- Boomer Anderson, Antelope

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