I followed the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse very closely, particularly the closing arguments by the prosecutors and defense. It was riveting. I was convinced that Kyle acted in self-defense and hoped that the jury also came to the same conclusion. Just a couple of hours ago, the jury reached a verdict after four days of deliberations: Not guilty on all five counts. For a quick summary of the case, see Reason.com.
I am delighted and relieved.
Trial by a jury of one’s peers is one of the most admirable features of the US justice system. As a method for determining the guilt or innocence of a person accused of a crime, it is perhaps the least flawed compromise. Juries are not always reasonable but trial by jury is the best of a set of imperfect alternatives. A quick look at the rules in the US:
THE RIGHT TO TRIAL BY JURY
(a) Jury trial should be available to a party, including the state, in criminal prosecutions in which confinement in jail or prison may be imposed.
(b) The jury should consist of twelve persons, except that a jury of less than twelve (but not less than six) may be provided when the penalty that may be imposed is confinement for six months or less.
(c) The verdict of the jury should be unanimous.
(d) This chapter does not apply to procedures of military justice tribunals. [Source; American Bar Association.]
India does not have trail by jury. See wiki.