After Gladue verdict, our jury system deserves a closer look – The Globe and Mail

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After Gladue verdict, our jury system deserves a closer look – The Globe and Mail

by ahnationtalk on April 13, 2015420 Views

Apr. 09 2015

Widespread outrage has greeted an Alberta jury’s acquittal of the man who was with sex worker Cindy Gladue when she died of a horribly intrusive injury in the bathtub of an Edmonton hotel. It has also has shined a spotlight on the inner workings of our jury system.

“That’s democracy” is not an adequate explanation when seemingly bizarre verdicts arrive. We desperately want to know what happened in that jury room. But we can never know because the confidentiality of the jury room is sacrosanct. We are left to speculate from the outside.

The basic premise of jury trials is that the common sense of everyday folks is a better tool for deciding really important cases – like murder allegations – than the fancy verbosity and tricky analytical gyrations of lawyers. Juries are direct democracy in action. So out of respect for democracy, we built a jury system that gives those everyday folks a heap of latitude.

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