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Jury System

October 04, 1994

You carried an article (Sept. 27) with the message that the majority of people don't like our jury system, and that we would be better served with a professional group of jurors, rather than our present legally unlearned citizens.

Having served jury duty, I would say that I don't think it would serve to change anything other than the cost of the trials to have a professional juror class. Most juries follow the advice of the judge, and in his/her instructions to them, the judge will most times lead to and/or limit the decision reached by the jurors. I can't see a class of people having a stake in trying people doing anything better or dramatically different than what we do now.

Further, I don't think we have a "system." We have a method for selection of those who will sit in judgment of guilt or innocence of those alleged to have committed "antisocial" acts.

What the article might better have dealt with is a comparison of the treatment of jurors and prisoners brought to the court.

THEODORE W. HOOKER

La Puente

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