What Kind of Jury System Do We Want? - La Guardia

Wednesday, May 11, 1938

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Mayor La Guardia speaks in a series of addresses arranged by Archibald R. Watson, County Clerk, on the importance of the jury system.

Some method must exist to resolve disputes where both sides can leave the courtroom and feel that justice has been done. A jury is the best lie detector. The institution of trial by jury has been with us for over 600 years. It prevents the miscarriage of justice with the conviction of an innocent man or the acquittal of a guilty one. Jury duty is one of the most important duties a citizen of a democracy has to render. Improper decision of a court can lead to loss of confidence in government. Democracy is not handed to us; we ourselves make with our own effort through voting, political activity in general, and the jury system. Concludes with information about upcoming programming.

[Poor quality original.]

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 9792
Municipal archives id: LT872


Fiorello H. La Guardia


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Programs ranging from the 1930s to the 1970s covering a variety of cultural and political topics.

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