I finally finished In Cold Blood earlier this week. It really is a masterpiece, and Capote’s writing is amazing.
But what struck me, when reading it, is the utter nonsense of the of the jury system. The law is so complicated and nuanced, how can a random assortment of people possibly interpret and understand it in a way that is fair and consistent? It makes no sense.
I don’t know what the alternative could be- I’m not sure if there is one- but it irks me, much in the way compulsory voting does. It seems to me people who are making really big decisions should be required to have some knowledge, some understanding of the issues at stake. I understand that a trial lays out evidence, but understanding what the law actually requires for a conviction seems to be something that requires some expertise.
I very well could be wrong, and I’m sure there’s more to it. This is a mere zygote of a thought. But I am genuinely confused as to how it can be just…