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Mad about 12 Angry Men


12 Angry Men is the product of a world that has vanished. This article presents twelve reasons why we might consider placing 12 Angry Men on the refuse heap of history along with the Ford Edsel, hula hoop, and Soviet Union—things that a changing world rendered outmoded. Despite all this, the article concludes that 12 Angry Men should not be discarded but cherished because it makes dramatically real the invaluable service to society performed by jury deliberations in validating the workings of our justice system and spreading the rule of law.

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