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#1100417 - Sat Jun 27 2015 09:56 AM Wikipedia Article Praised in Unlikely Place
bloomsby Offline
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Wikipedia is often lambasted. In fact, it's rather fashionable to do so. Obviously, the quality of the individual articles varies enormously, but it was interesting to find this comment from a seemingly unlikely source:

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"26. On the other hand, as the Commissioner's interim report pointed out, jury trial is not seen as essential in other parts of the world, nor under Article 6 of the Human Rights Convention. Mr Crow also fairly makes the points that the great majority of criminal offences are tried without a jury, and that it is hard to point to a principled basis for drawing a clear line. (For those interested, the Wikipedia entry on jury trial has a surprisingly full, comparative treatment of the issue. The "positive belief" about jury trial in the US, is contrasted with sentiment in other countries in which it is considered "bizarre and risky" for issues of liberty to be entrusted to untrained laymen.)"


Source: England and Wales High Court (Administrative Court) Decisions, 1 May 2009.

Case: THE QUEEN ON THE APPLICATION OF MICHAEL MISICK
Claimant
- and -
THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS
Defendant

http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2009/1039.html

The case challenged the legality of the temporary suspension by the Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands of parts of the Islands' constitution, including the right to trial by jury.

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#1101246 - Sun Jul 05 2015 07:40 PM Re: Wikipedia Article Praised in Unlikely Place
nautilator Offline
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Wikipedia criticism often comes from people too lazy to argue and who don't understand irony. Seriously, think about what it means to criticize wikipedia. It's wikipedia: if you can see a mistake, you can correct it. Thus, any errors in it are more a reflection of you than of it.

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