I’m a bit late posting today because I had jury duty. After watching a short video on the glories of jury duty, they released me – no jury necessary today. And while I wanted to be a cynic about the whole thing, I couldn’t. The fact is, a lot of countries (most?) don’t have juries of one’s peers. In fact, in some countries I’ve lived in, the state won’t prosecute a case unless the victim or victim’s family demands they do so. This is kind of a problem in the cases of honor killings, when the victim’s family killed the victim. There are other problems with this system too, which I won’t belabor. Long story short: in spite of all my grumblings, the American legal system is pretty awesome.