September 01, 2014

By Nicholas C. Johnson

Sorry avid hunters and gun collectors. This article is not about the Second Amendment, which many of you will agree has garnered extensive media coverage. Understandably with each mass shooting, the media shifts its attention to the Second Amendment, and the debate over gun control looms on. The Second Amendment has arguably become the most popular, well-known section of the United States Constitution. Our right to bear arms has become the popular “superstar” amongst our Bill of Rights, borrowing the stage from some of its co-stars of the Constitution. I’m here in the capacity of an agent for one these co-stars; to bring it back to the forefront and hopefully keep it in the limelight long enough for corporate America to end its efforts to curtail the rights which this co-star guarantees: Our right to a jury trial.

“In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.” U.S. Const. amend. VII. Companies have rallied a somewhat clandestine campaign to compromise this right, which has been eroding before our very eyes without many of us even realizing it.

The full article can be read here.