Murray R. Bowes


With the courts increasingly being the forum for legal disputes between those who demand change in the superstructure and those who represent (or are) the structure, a rather unfortunate by-product has evolved: a feeling that the courts can no longer adequately dispense justice.8 This manifests itself in beliefs that if one is prosecuted for activities that were designed to advance social change, either in violation of the law or not, that the individual will not be afforded a fair trial; 9 a reflection that the social or political activist will not be judged by an impartial jury….For the purposes of this comment, it is enough to assume that this proposition has considerable validity. As such, the writer's goal in this comment is to supply information to assist in selecting impartial jurors, and as residual value, to restore a small amount of the mortar which has been chipped away from the foundation of the philosophy of justice.