Letter to the Editor: Weaker Juries: Loss for Democracy

New York Times
Monday, March 5, 2001

Re: "Juries, Their Powers Under Siege, Find Their Role Is Being Eroded" (front page, March 2):

The misnamed corporate movement known as tort reform has two main goals: to take power away from juries, and to control the judiciary with pro-industry judges. Your article shows how far the movement has come in accomplishing its first goal.

The jury system is a hallmark of our democracy and an important safeguard of freedom. Civil juries stand as indispensable watchdogs over corporate negligence and corruption. The consensus among most judges, lawyers and jurors is that the system works extremely well. The erosion of this system, which is deeply rooted in our form of government, is especially tragic given the growing dominance of corporate America in our lives.

(NOTE: The author of the letter is CJ&D Executive Director Joanne Doroshow.)

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