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Imagine living in the United States before electricity was invented, let alone a computer. At the time, it was quite possible that only a few hundred people lived in any given town. When a crime was committed or a civil dispute went to court, chances were good everyone in the town knew about it and everyone was talking about it. With only a handful of lawyers around, defense attorneys, plaintiffs attorneys and prosecutors might have known intimate details about the judge, jury members and those directly involved in the case.Yes, the jurors, prospective and selected, knew everything about the case. In this environment, how could anyone possibly get a fair trial? Believe it or not, fair trials were possible. They happened all the time.

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