Jury Duty and COIN

Erin Simpson:

I’m working on a longer post on “what jury duty can teach you about counter-insurgency.” It revolves around the following observation: prosecutors believe about 50 people witnessed the “urban gun battle” at the heart of the case I sat for; *3* eyewitnesses ultimately testified, all of whom had to be relocated due to concerns expressed about their safety. The long arm of the law doesn’t even extend the five miles from the US Capitol to Anacostia. Something to think about when establishing the “rule of law” in Kandahar and Kabul.


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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm veteran. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.