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Americans doubt fairness of civil courts, admit bias against corporations

Perhaps a lack of faith in the justice system comes from knowing they themselves would be biased as jurors

Justice is supposed to be blind, and while the venerable Lady is often depicted with a cloth covering her eyes to show her objectivity, a troubling new study suggests Americans aren’t buying it.

Langer Research Associates of New York conducted a poll for the Defense Research Institute (DRI), surveying a random, scientific sample of adults across the nation. The study found that many Americans are doubtful about the fairness of civil courts—41 percent, to be exact. Only 9 percent of respondents were “very confident” that civil courts are “just and fair,” and 83 percent said whichever side gives more money to its lawyers typically wins.

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