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Beware disgruntled jurors

The L.A. Times offers a cautionary tale this week in a piece about how jury duty is becoming more of a hardship for members of the venire.

In one civil trial, jurors who were already peeved at having to miss work became openly disdainful about the plaintiff’s claims. The juror hostility was so palpable the parties dumped the jury altogether and tried their case to the judge.

I guess we can add recalcitrant jurors as a factor, in addition to trial costs , in the diminishing use of jury trials to resolve disputes.

By Peter Vieth

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