This Florida case where the mom got off from murdering her daughter is just the most recent example of how flawed our jury system is. As a professional liablity lawyer for 34 years, I feel like the guy who makes hot dogs–it ain’t pretty.                                                              

First you do everything you can to insure that there are no intelligent people on the jury by use of voir dire strategies. Then you do everything you can to make sure the actual trial is lengthy, confusing and emotional so that the adversely selected panel of dummies will decide in your favor. It’s all a lawyer’s  game–not a truth seeking or justice rendering process.           

Even worse the judge lectures on your civic duty and what an honor it is to be a juror. Don’t make me laugh.  Sure. And every vote counts. And if you work hard ,you can be rich.             

The way I see it, the criminals like OJ and this murderous mom get off, but the poor innocent black guys get framed. Great system. Even when the system works like in Blago’s trial, it doesn’t work. Two lengthy trials that took forever. There’s got to be a better way. Possiblities? Reduce cases where juries are used.  Use fewer jurors. Develop concept of professional jurors as a  full time job. Better  jury training.                                                                

Let’s put it this way: if justice is the standard by which we evaluate the current jury system it’s not working so good. Ask the little girl in Florida.

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John Hubbuch

John is an Indiana native who moved to Oak Park in 1976. He served on the District 97 school board, coached youth sports and, more recently, retired from the law. That left him time to become a Wednesday...