Moderated by Tom Sabulis
Recently, the AJC reported on a study that showed it’s nearly impossible to get a jury trial in employment discrimination cases in federal court in Atlanta and north Georgia — judges here tossed more than 80 percent of all cases. Today, one of the lawyers who conducted the research writes about the evisceration of a basic right and another looks at recent Supreme Court decisions reflecting a national trend.
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Preserve right to jury trial
By Amanda A. Farahany
The right to a jury trial is the armor that protects us from the government, corporations and each other by defining the standards of conduct acceptable in our society. When we were deprived of the right to trial by jury before, the founding fathers of this country sought independence and waged war.
Fifty years ago, this country demanded equality among races and genders. Again, lives were sacrificed in the fight. Congress, following the peoples’ will, passed the Civil Rights Act