"The object of any tyrant would be to overthrow or diminish trial by jury, for it is the lamp that shows that freedom lives."
Sir Patrick Devlin
(1905-1992) British Lord of Appeal, lawyer, judge and jurist
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In today's world, you could be arrested for even printing these words,
 -- ray ernest, vancouver     
    and thus the push by the GOP to label everything as terror and refuse the civil trials of those it so labels... even our citizens!
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA, US     
    Come on Reston, the dems and repubs are both in it up to their eyeballs. One is as much to blame as the other.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    Reston, just go with Ron Paul and you will be working to undo as jim k. mentioned.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
    Gee Reston, wasn't it the Kenyan's administration that declared America a "Battleground in the War on Terror"? You are an unbelievable hypocrite.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    The 'A' from Reston, how many dems voted against the NDAA ? Oh I see, jim is absolutely right. AND, with out jury nulification, the jury isn't much more that a despots rubber stamp.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Wake up, Reston. The 2 party system has been co-opted by the very folks that have brought us all this war and unpayable debt. They are in the same fraternity -- one wing plays upon the emotions of the poor and hard laborers, while the other plays upon the fears of the 'patriotic' and 'puritans.' All the while We the People are being duped and placed into a state of servitude -- paying trillions to 'service' an unpayable debt, that's servitude. And we can't make them stop loading us with debt!! We can't even get them to slow it down. And we can't get them to stop taking the money and resources of the people and wage war upon other countries -- the left steals domestically and the right steals internationally. Turning us one against the other has been the trick, and because we will not live up to the very ideals of humility, self-reliance, patriotism, and the morality that religion is supposed to promote, we are reaping what we sow. I just wonder when the tyrants will get theirs ... looking at history it appears that indeed we shall be ruled by Pharoahs until we the slaves get smart. As long as the slaves support the Pharaohs, the slaves get what they deserve.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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