Questionable Judgment

A new book says the American jury system is in deep trouble. The O.J. trial is offering a glimpse of why

Let's grant that the trial of O.J. Simpson is a case unto itself. What with the consuming attention of the media, the camera-ready lawyering, the surrounding atmosphere -- alternately tragic and coarse, that seems like something from Dostoyevsky read aloud by Jackie Collins -- there's nothing typical about it. This would extend to the jury selection that begins this week. In a nation where jury duty is considered second only to a tax audit among the devices of government-inflicted pain, there are people who are struggling to sit in judgment on this one. Responses to jury call notices in the Los...

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