What if we had a national jury? I have heard as you have that; high profile cases seem to have a difficult time getting an impartial jury. I know it is hard for people to disassociate themselves from their personal beliefs and, it is especially true when something bad happens in your own community. That is why I thought of this idea.
If our country had a national jury who travels to different states and communities to be ‘the jury’ for a case, maybe it would be more impartial. Perhaps the country could pay this jury real well and being on the jury would be a fulltime job. I think you would have to pay the people on this jury very well to get the best impartial people to commit to all the travel and work. We could call the jury, ‘The National Jury’, ‘The Grand Jury’, or whatever sounds best. We could even have an alternate complete jury who is paid the same high income to fill in for The Grand Jury so everyone could have personal time off to be home with their family and friends. This could be a lifelong career to.
I think these positions should be a salary position with full benefits and time off. If the people on this jury didn’t have to worry about money or benefits, they could devote their full attention to the case at hand. As it is now, when you serve on a jury, you generally don’t get paid as much as you normally do in your full time job so, you could be stressed and want a quick end to your time served. Of course, the people on this jury should be put up in the nicer hotels and not roach motels. They should also have their own room without sharing so they could rest comfortably. There should also be the full Per Diem paid as an expense account. What I am basically saying is that; the people on this jury should be as comfortable as possible while they are away from their homes and loved ones. That way, their minds can be devoted to the cases.
I know it is hard for some people to believe that humans can be impartial but, I disagree. Given the best comfort possible I think it is a real possibility. If there aren’t any high profile cases at a particular time, there could be a list of cases which want the ear of this National Jury. The jury could sit in on any case that could benefit from a completely impartial jury. There are a lot of details and possibilities to consider but, I personally think it is one idea that would work for our country’s judicial system. ~b