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The Jeffersonian cyclopedia;

a comprehensive collection of the views of Thomas Jefferson classified and arranged in alphabetical order under nine thousand titles relating to government, politics, law, education, political economy, finance, science, art, literature, religious freedom, morals, etc.;

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4196. JURY (Trial by), Common sense of Jurors.—
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4196. JURY (Trial by), Common sense of Jurors.—

It is better to toss up cross and
pile in a cause than to refer it to a judge
whose mind is warped by any motive whatever,
in that particular case. But the common
sense of twelve honest men gives a still better
chance of just decision, than the hazard of
cross and pile.—
Notes on Virginia. Washington ed. viii, 372. Ford ed., iii, 236.