Call to Request a Free Consultation | Nou pale kreyòl
The Importance of Jurors to the American Government One of Florida's Most Reputable Defense Law Firms

The Importance of Jurors to the American Government

This article originally appeared on Orlando Style.

The Constitution of the United States guarantees the right to trial by jury. This right means that no citizen can be deprived of their liberty or property based upon the belief of a prosecutor or a judge alone. The right to trial by jury not only protects the accused but also makes each juror an integral part of the government.

Many countries do not give an accused the right to trial by jury but rather let judges decide the fate of its citizens who have been charged with crimes. There are some who argue judges should decide all cases rather than letting citizens determine disputes between the government and the accused. While there is no definitive answer as to which system is better, there can be no doubt that the right to trial by jury allows citizens acting as jurors to play an important role in preserving liberty and justice in this country.

When the Constitution was enacted, the right to trial by jury empowered the jury to not only decide the facts but also consider whether the law was correct and properly applied against the defendant. Today jurors are told that the law is for the judge to decide and the jurors must accept the law as given by the judge. There are some who contend that the jury should have the right to disagree with the law in a particular case or to disagree with the application of the law to a particular defendant.

In a criminal case courts instruct a jury that the matter of sentencing is up to the judge and is not to be considered by the jury, except in death penalty cases. In many cases, there are harsh long-term minimum mandatory sentences which the judge must impose. The jurors are not told of the sentence which the judge must impose. Many would contend that the Founding Fathers who wrote the Constitution would expect today’s jurors to be told of the minimum mandatory sentence in order to properly act as a check against excessive punishment.

Even today many cases result in not guilty verdicts even though a careful analysis of the evidence would indicate that the government proved its case by establishing all necessary facts for conviction. When this happens it is referred to as "jury pardon" or "jury nullification". Many historians believe that the drafters of the Constitution intended a "jury pardon" as a way for the jury to stand between the citizen and an unjust prosecution either because the law was unjust or because a law was improperly applied.

Dedicated to Excellence

Read Our Client Reviews
  • Ted, Former Client

    Throughout the entire nightmare, Mr. Horwitz was by my side all the way. I could not have been better represented. Once indicted, I could not have had a better outcome.

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Citro knows the ins-and-outs of how the Government operates and works their cases.

  • Roshelle P., Former Client

    I know he fought for me and that's the best feeling you could ever have when you find yourself in the middle of a nightmare. I would highly recommend this law firm for anyone needing someone to fight for them!

  • Rob, Former Client

    The attention to detail and professional approach to my situation was extraordinary. Attorney Mark Horwitz made me feel like my case was important to him and that he and his staff cared about the outcome.

  • Daniel, Former Client

    Competent and thorough legal counsel!

  • John, Former Client

    Couldn’t have asked for a better outcome!

  • Nalita, Former Client

    I greatly appreciate the time and diligence that they spent on my case.

  • Cary

    This is the Attorney I highly recommend!

  • Randy P., Former Client

    I felt strong and confident that no other attorney team could have represented me better.

  • Anonymous, Former Client

    I received good quality legal services from an experienced and well respected lawyer.

The Edge You Need

6 Reasons to Hire Us
  • Former Federal Prosecutors
  • Board Certified with The Florida Bar & the National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Personalized Client Service & Aggressive Legal Advocacy
  • Published Speakers/Authors & an Authority on Federal Matters
  • Regularly Featured in the News & Media
  • Highly Regarded by Peers, Prosecutors & Judges

Let's Discuss Your Case

Request a Free Consultation
  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.