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Courts and Crime

Trial by Jury Becoming More Rare in U.S.

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Author and law professor Suja Thomas.

PORTLAND, Maine - They are the embodiment of the U.S. legal system:  a trial held before a jury of one’s peers.  But jury trials are happening less-and-less frequently. 

It’s the subject of a recently published book by Professor Suja Thomas of the University of Illinois College of Law, “The Missing American Jury:  Restoring the Fundamental Constitutional Role of the Criminal, Civil and Grand Juries.” 

Professor Thomas speaks on the subject Sept. 21 at noon at the Portland Public Library.  She also talked about the trend with Maine Public Radio's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz.