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The justice system here in the United States is one that many people have a hard time understanding It is a system that isnt easily accessible for the everyday person even though thats exactly what it was suppose to beThe number one problem that I have with our legal system is the use of a jury The idea of having a jury of your peers is one that seems fair and just from the outside but in my opinion is just the opposite The truth of the matter is jurors are just ordinary people who are entrusted with the most valuable commodity in the world-another persons freedom or in some cases their life It is human nature for people to have opinions and therefore pre-conceived notions I know that the juror screening process is supposed to weed out potential jurors with biases or other flaws but I see this as impossible Appearance and presentation can be an overwhelming factor in a courtroom If a person accused of something walks into a courtroom with messy hair and ripped clothes on a person is more inclined to think of them as guilty than if they had walked in dressed in a suit and tie with their hair neatly combed Most people will deny that this is true but it is an impossible act to deny We make preconceptions all the time whether we realize it or not and just because someone has made it through the screening process and been selected as a juror doesnt mean they dont do the same Another problem I have although I dont see how it can be solved is the beyond a reasonable doubt method used to determine guilt in a criminal case I know that this is a means of protection for the accused but in some cases it just doesnt work An example that everyone can relate to is the OJ Simpson trial I dont even
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