• Hiroshima


the Aug. 4 article “Language in court to be simple” (about the start of the first trial in Japan under the new lay judge system): I heard similar statements on television several times on Monday, the day of the first trial — “We’ll be careful so that the ‘people’ can understand what we are talking about.”

What tripe! Are these citizen judges idiots, or are the people who make such frivolous statements idiots? I suspect the latter. If the lay judges have a problem with a word or phrase, I imagine they’ll have sense enough to ask a question. If this is the most educated country in the world, act like it!

robert thornton

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