There is a lack of jury trials in the American Court System

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/08/nyregion/jury-trials-vanish-and-justice-is-served-behind-closed-doors.html?smid=pl-share&_r=0

This is a great piece in the NY Times today about the lack of jury trials in the American court system. Things are even worse in Indiana, where our Supreme Court justices have warned of lack of jury trials for years. (http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/jury-verdicts-rare-in-indiana-courtrooms/article_d7ad0226-25d1-5acb-adda-b8e4ed4aaed6.html) The NY Times cites Federal mandatory minimums – which are really a form of trial tax  – as a major contributor to the lack of jury trials. For criminal cases, that is completely accurate; in civil cases, I attribute the lack of jury trials to:

1. Cost – civil juries with experts cost at least $30,000. With caps on damages and fees, it is often difficult for the Plaintiff’s lawyer to get his or her money back.

2. In States like Indiana where the law is so favorable to the insurance industry, most cases – well over 90% – are dismissed on summary judgment or because of a 12(b)(6) motion.

At Saeed and Little, we try cases, a lot of cases, as many as anyone else in Indiana. This year we have tried two cases to verdict (one trial lasted over a month) and have at least two more cases going to trial this year.

Saeed and Little, LLP Works To Ensure That All Young Athletes Have An Olympic Sports Experience Free From Sexual Exploitation

Jonathan Little and Jessica Wegg have worked with lawyers around the world to rid the Olympic Sports movement of coaches who are known to have molested children. This morning, based on information provided in part by Saeed and Little, LLP, Gannett newspapers across the country publicly exposed the shameful history of USA Gymnastics. Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the governing body of American gymnastics that has, for years, allowed coaches it knew to be pedophiles to continue coaching and endangering children.

We will continue to work hard to expose organizations, not just in sports, but in churches, schools, scouts, and in any organization that serves youth. We are proud to give a voice to children molested and exploited by organizations like USA Gymnastics.  We urge anyone watching the Olympics to remember the untold number of children molested by coaches in USA Gymnastics, USA Swimming, and USA Taekwondo.

http://www.usatoday.com/longform/news/investigations/2016/08/04/usa-gymnastics-sex-abuse-protected-coaches/85829732/