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(Studio) Chief Justice Warren Burger's suggestion for modernizing handling of civil cases, made in speech at Flagstaff, Arizona, reported.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(DC) Crux of Burger's speech before state justices outlined. [BURGER - says Thomas Jefferson would be appalled at jury system in respect to complex litigation.] Burger quoted with regard to abolishment of civil court system in Britain. [BURGER - thinks alternatives to use of lay jury should be investigated.] Unfairness to jurors of system noted discussed by Chief Justice; jury system said topic of discussion at this week's American Bar Association meeting in Dallas. [ABA president Shepherd TATE - comments on use of jury in complex cases; states American Bar Association position supporting Constitutional right to jury trial.] Opposition to alteration of jury system by NYU law professor Stephen Gillers considered. [GILLERS - comments.] Burger's past criticism of jury trials and reduction of some federal court hearings to 6 members recalled.
REPORTER: Jed Duvall (KOOL-TV newstape) (KDFW-TV newstape)
- Mudd, Roger
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