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No idea was more central to our Bill of Rights. - indeed, to America's distinctive regime of government of the people, by the people, and for the people - than the idea of the jury. Yet no idea today has suffered more abuse - from benign neglect to malignant hostility to cynical manipulation and strategic perversion - than the idea of the jury. The groups I blame for this sad betrayal - lawyers, judges, law professors, and to a lesser extent, citizens - are well represented in this room this evening.

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