Getting out of jury duty is as American as apple pie. And maybe that's part of the reason that jury trials are becoming rare.
But since they are a cornerstone of our legal system, it's not necessarily a good thing that so few cases now go to a jury trial. Drury Sherrod, a psychologist who studies juries and jury behavior, wrote a book about the situation, The Jury Crisis: What’s Wrong with Jury Trials and How We Can Save Them.
Dr. Sherrod pays us a visit to talk about what has happened to jury trials and what can change the situation.