- McLibel -

underestimating 'ordinary' folk

Posted by: Julie Wilson ( UK ) on May 10, 1996 at 13:59:05:

In Reply to: The (lack of a) Jury posted by Karen on May 10, 1996 at 00:12:42:

: I've just been reading in 'The Case' about how the McLibel
: defendants were not allowed to have a jury because the issues
: involved were 'too complicated' for ordinary people to understand.

Thankfully the makers of McSpotlight consider 'ordinary' people to
be perfectly capable of the understanding the issues and the evidence
involved and have provided the chance for us all too read it and,
'judge for ourselves' ;-)

I have read quite a lot of the information on the site and can say
without a doubt, that neither I or my family will be eating in
McDonald's again and that other life style changes are likely.

: If ordinary people can't understand them, how the hell are Helen
: and David s'pposed to cross-examine world experts on the subject?
: Surely they deserve to have legal representation on this point
: alone.

My impression is that Helen and David are doing pretty well, so
imagine how well a trained lawyer would have done. Perhaps that is
the real reason that a jury trial was refused.

: I'm sending them 20 quid, but they're not going to be able to
: buy a lawyer with that.

No, you couldn't buy a lawyer, but you could buy about 2000 leaflets
to hand out to McDonald's customers.

I wonder how much it would cost to buy a judge and prevent a jury trial?


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