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1888. Excerpt: ... REFORM IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE CRIMINAL LAW
IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS. History shows that the constant advance
of the human race in intelligence and morality renders it necessary
from time to time to change the laws and the penalties of laws in
order to adjust them to higher forms of civilization. There is a
natural and justifiable conservatism in the modification or even
abrogation of laws which have been applied with more or less of
success for many centuries. When experience and observation make
prominent the defects of existing laws, and their justice and
expediency arc questioned and the difficulty of their enforcement
is rendered apparent, then they should be either amended or
repealed. Such a time has come in relation to the system of trial
by jury in this country. This system is unquestionably one of the
most marked and characteristic features of the common law of
England. Having for ages attracted the attention of mankind and
protected the constitutional liberties of the land--having been the
subject of the most fulsome-and extravagant eulogy by its admirers,
and the most virulent abuse and sarcasm by its opponents--having
extended itself in its entirety over nearly the whole continent of
North America, and in a modified shape, over a great part xi
Europe, the trial by jury has in modern times been brought to stand
its own trial at the bar of public opinion in the land of its birth
and in foreign lands. Its utility has been questioned by many, its
abolition openly advocated by others and the opinion has become
very general that it requires modification of some kind to bring it
into harmony with the inarch of intelligence and the altered state
of society. A recent very able English writer says much
misconception has arisen from the expression ...
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