[A short thought from Dr. Pournelle as he continues his recovery. You can send him your support via the Well Wishing page. You might also find some of his past posts interesting; a random selection is shown on the right column. – Editor]
The Constitution Is Not a Suicide Pact
The [US] Constitution is not a suicide pact, but apparently some think it is.
Note they are having trouble trying the Boston Marathon bomber, because
everyone in the city knows he did it. One day someone will commit a crime
on TV, everyone will see it or a rerun, and the only people eligible for the
jury will be halfwits.
Originally Anglo-Norman juries were drawn from local populations, and were
expected to know of the crime and quite possibly the defendants.