Re "Jury of our peers not working" (Letters, July 18): The letter writer suggests that our current jury system does not work, and that "the accused should be tried by experts, perhaps five judges." That's a scary thought, considering how many times the U.S. Supreme Court (supposedly experts) has gotten it wrong.
Given the disastrous consequences of decisions such as Dred Scott (1857), Korematsu v. United States (1944), Bush v. Gore (2000), Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010) and on and on, these so-called experts are just as susceptible to personal prejudices, stubbornly held convictions, and outdated notions as anyone. I'll take my chances with a jury of my peers.
-- D. Mark Wilson, Sacramento