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If jury trial is going to survive it has to adjust to a world in which juries do know legally irrelevant detail about defendants.

Every jury that has returned split guilty/not guilty verdicts on multiple counts has acquitted despite knowing prejudicial information about the accused.

Perhaps the way ahead, is psychological testing for jurors to eliminate those who are unable to ignore the irrelevant.

Ultimately a jury trial only has one right answer; that the guilty are convicted and the innocent acquitted. Burdens of proof, rules for the admissibility of evidence and all of the rest of the legal panoply are not ends in themselves. They are simply techniques to reduce the chances of error.

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