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Black won’t be tried by his peers

<p>There are two common misconceptions regarding our judicial system: A person is innocent until proven guilty, and an accused is entitled to be tried by his or her peers.</p>




Re: "Stage set for Black drama," Mar. 19:


There are two common misconceptions regarding our judicial system: A person is innocent until proven guilty, and an accused is entitled to be tried by his or her peers.


In reality, a person is a suspect until proven guilty or innocent. The only people who are guaranteed to be tried by their peers are military officers and, in England, Lords — of which Black is one.


It makes sense to pick jurors from the working class when a case involves a straightforward crime.


However, when a case is highly complicated and involves the alleged theft of millions of dollars in the boardrooms of big business, the jurors should at least be as educated as the person being judged. In Conrad Black’s case, the jurors should at least be university graduates.



 
 
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