In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury of professional, trained adjudicators sanctioned by the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; defendants shall have the right to be confronted with the witnesses against them; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in their favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for their defense.
There is too much truth in the old joke about justice depending on 12 people who are too stupid to get out of jury duty. Time and time again, it seems, we watch as our legal system is subverted by cynical attorneys and juries comprised of people selected because they’re less educated or easily manipulated.
The New Constitution proposes a system where cases are decided by juries drawn from a pool of trained, independent professionals familiar with the law and the nuances of our justice system. Society and defendants alike deserve fair trials resolved upon the evidence.