Specifically, Gowdy referenced the recent jury decisions behind the Kyle Rittenhouse and the Ahmaud Arbery trials, two heavily-promoted cases in the media. Both trials had different outcomes with the Rittenhouse trial ended with a not guilty verdict, and the trial against Arbery’s killers resulted in a guilty verdict.
“I think they’re absolutely the right verdicts,” McCarthy said.
Despite heavy media attention surrounding both cases, McCarthy complimented the jury system for putting trust in the “common sense of the community.”
“To me, the most important thing or the most important distinction is that in a trial, and we saw that in these two trials, we don’t put twelve experts in the box, right? We put twelve people with common sense in the box. And if they need expert testimony, the idea is they get to hear from an expert who can give them some experience or some expertise in some area that’s material. In the end, we trust the common sense of the community to make the decision,” McCarthy said.
He added “And it seems to me that in politics and most of our other institutions, we put the experts in charge and sometimes there’s so much tunnel vision in terms of their expertise that they miss the big picture. And I don’t think juries do.”
Gowdy lamented the recent “politicization” of the justice system that appears to undermine the common sense of the community. McCarthy agreed that the undermining of the institution could ruin any chance at a prosperous society.