“The Jury has the right to judge both the law and the fact in controversy.” That statement was penned not by some modern-day political theorist, but by John Jay, first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. It did not reflect some quaint or offbeat ideology, but rather, the consensus of opinion at the founding of our nation. Our Founding Fathers understood that the constitutional republic they had crafted was a fragile thing. Without the proper safeguards, it could in time fall prey to tyranny masquerading as law. They recognized that one of the most essential of safeguards was the power vested in the common citizen through the jury box.
When it comes to the rising cost of medical care, Dr. Linda Girgis is quick to identify one of the most problematic symptoms: Patients who keep their mouths shut.
My purpose today is to demonstrate that the troll should not be so EFFECTIVE. I want to show primarily what enables that troll to hinder you and me, and also generally what each of us can do about it. Because, quite frankly, as with the apparent bully problem affecting children in US public schools these days, there can NEVER be enough collectivized and institutional resources to bring on the whole more satisfactory results. NEVER.