To­ward a bet­ter jury sys­tem

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “The peremp­tory prob­lem,” Ed­i­to­rial, June 21

As a re­tired at­tor­ney and now pe­ri­odic vic­tim of jury duty, I agree that peremp­tory chal­lenges should be elim­i­nated. Lawyers who gam­ble on get­ting a bet­ter out­come for their client by de­mand­ing a jury trial should be com­pelled to take the first 12 draftees who don’t have a di­rect, per­sonal in­ter­est in the case.

Orig­i­nally in our sys­tem jurors were usu­ally neigh­bors and towns­folk who knew all about the case. It’s ridicu­lous to think that we get bet­ter re­sults by im­pan­el­ing jurors who know noth­ing about a case, and forc­ing them to lis­ten to lawyers who will do and say what­ever is nec­es­sary to win their case.

Arthur Armstrong

Man­hat­tan Beach

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