Originally Posted by Dresta
It's because in Europe they don't have the English tradition of trial by jury in the same way, which very much the bedrock of liberty and the preventing of arbitrary state imprisonment, though the UK is well on its way to removing it wherever it can get away with it, because so many idiots think democracy is all they need to protect their rights
The French police often beat the shit out of suspects.
The thing about juries is so many people are dumb.
It seems like a good idea... and some cases are just 'slam dunks', but in a go-either-way sort of case I think they can make the wrong decision often. I watch a lot of true crime shit when I'm bored and they put on the jurors and ask them why they did stuff and it's like facepalm.
Plus all of those decisions the judge makes that's like 'oh, that can't be used.'
The whole attorney worst case vs best case thing is also stupid. Neither of them are painted in a fair light. It's actually not a good system when you think about it. Maybe it was once in theory.
It's probably the same level of corruption and bullshit but it's just counting on these jurors to make the right decision and be the 'impartial, democratic' part. When really, all they are doing is listening to presentations and telling which one seems more true, with it weighted on 'innocent.'