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Robert Frost, Phillip Finch, Thomas Jefferson


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"A jury consists of twelve persons

chosen to decide who has the better lawyer."

-- Robert Frost

(1874-1963) American poet, received four Pulitzer Prizes




"A criminal trial is not a search for truth.

It is much too circumscribed for that.

Rather, a trial is a formalized contest for

the hearts and minds of a panel of twelve.

It is a quest for a verdict in which information

is selected and screened (we can almost say “processed”)

before it is allowed to reach jurors."

-- Phillip Finch

Source: Fatal Flaw, 1992




"I consider trial by jury as the only anchor yet devised by man,

by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution."

-- Thomas Jefferson

(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President

Source: 1789 in correspondence to Thomas Paine


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