High-profile jury trials offer a seemingly endless supply of news and entertainment. We are in the midst of a flurry of stories about the retrial in Bill Cosby’s criminal case on charges of sexual assault. Implications of his jury trial are already being debated for what it tells us about the state of the nation: How is the #MeToo movement influencing Cosby’s jurors? Do we still blame victims?
If you follow high-profile trials, you might be surprised to learn that the jury system is in serious decline in America. That’s a big problem. The jury system’s ascendance in the country of Argentina holds lessons for what we are losing and why we need to halt the decline.
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