Re: Juror pay
Yuh, plainitiffs should be forced to pay jurors for their service, provide them with meals, housing if they're sequestered, bonuses for showing up, etc. . I'm sure that will have no effect on the jury's deliberations...
Serioulsy though, you can't pay jurors too much because of the obvious potential for conflict of interest among the jurors ("Hey, if I hold out and extend deliberations for another couple of days, I'll make enough money to buy that TV" ), you can't make plaintiffs cover the cost becasue it might impose a prohibitive burden and thereby deny them access to the courts, you can't make the jurors' pay contingent on the outcome of the trial for reasons that should be obvious and you can't increase juror pay at all without imposing more burdens upon taxpayers who are unwilling to bear additional costs or see resources shift away from other areas to pay for it.
I view jury duty as a citizen's obligation - payment to society for the right to live in that society. As such, it is a sacrifice that we all should be willing and required to bear. That doesn't mean I enjoy it, however.
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, represents, in the final analysis, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower