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Your views illustrate why only practicing professionals should dare to comment upon the mechanics of jury selection [" The Cure for the Common Quatman," April 1]. While you might safely attempt a lucid comment on matters of general policy, your work at a legal periodical clearly gives you no insight into trial practice. As you receive a deluge of abuse from trial lawyers, you might come to realize that the “increase” in hung juries that you gloss over, with the concomitant expense to all of us, would be enormous. Worse, it would end up denying swift (and therefore all) justice to many litigants. It would particularly harm the little guys who cannot afford the war of attrition that is the staple of civil practice. On the criminal side, your proposals are simply Procrustean. You would dispense with unanimous juries to ameliorate the effects of banning peremptory challenges. That is nothing less than a proposal that we scrap that cornerstone of the United States Constitution called “reasonable doubt” and replace it with the concept of “close enough.” If some of the jurors (by definition, reasonable members of our society) believe the accused to be innocent, how can it possibly be said that his guilt has been proved “beyond any reasonable doubt?!” Yet your proposal would implement such a system, destroying the last, best safeguard of human freedom known to law. On the bright side, you clearly have a bright future in party politics, the expected source of simplistic and ill-considered “solutions” that might play well to an uninformed audience. Kenneth M. Quigley San Francisco

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