About a year ago a good friend of mine found herself in a bad legal situation, being accused of intentionally abusing her infant child. Everyone who knows her knows that she'd never intentionally hurt her child, and that what happened was purely an accident. What happened is the child was accidentally dropped and his arm got broken. The doctor in the ER told the cop that interviewed her that it had to be a "direct blow", and the cop was a real dick from what I understand. This is merely a background on the case, please no discussion on that part. Fast forward to today when I talked to her, her laywer recommended that she waive her right to a jury trial and solely rely on a judge to make a decision during her trial next week, because a judge would be better suited to make a decision without letting emotions get to him, whereas the prosecution would play the emotional heartstrings of a jury. It kinda makes sense to me, but most people I've known who have been in serious trouble pretty much say they'd rather be judged by 12 strangers than one judge who woke up on the wrong side of bed that morning. What I'm looking for is OT's feelings on this, especially people who have been to court for something serious. If you were in her shoes would you rather have a jury of emo's or dick judge decide your fate?