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“The jury is the most direct application of the principle of the sovereignty of the people.” The jury system, while flawed, as all human mechanisms must be, is yet a pillar of Anglosphere liberty. It ensures that questions of fact are distinguished from questions of law, that the assumption of innocence is no mere formality, and that the prosecution must establish its case beyond reasonable doubt. It also prevents the law from straying too far from the commonsense prejudices of the population, since juries refuse to convict when a crime could result in a disproportionate penalty. Above all, it involves the entire nation in the administration of justice. Jury service was—and remains—an obligation. The law thus rests, in practice as well as in theory, on every household in the country. Truly, it is the law of the land.“

   --  Daniel Hannan

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