Jury Slavery

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I’ve done my best to avoid the Casey Anthony trial, though as usual, I am biased against the prosecution. But I heard yesterday that the jurors will have spent about seven weeks for this government trial. The judge is paid; the lawyers are paid; the court clerks and guards are paid. They are all there voluntarily. Jury “service” should be paid, and voluntary, too. How about a per diem equal to the judge’s? Governments love to spend money, so frugality is not the reason for conscripted, unpaid jurors. I think this practice is seen as keeping the jurors from becoming uppity. All the more reason to reform this evil practice. Oh, and all hail jury nullification.

UPDATE Thanks to Dick Clark not letting me know that FL jurors get $15 a day.

10:21 am on July 4, 2011