Defendant in gun shop case gives up because it can’t have a jury trial
One of the reasons that the right to a jury trial is enshrined in our Constitution is because our founding fathers were afraid that judges could be bought by wealthy litigants or controlled by government officials. I'm unfamiliar with why the defendant in this case can't have a jury trial, but it would rather than give up than face a judge:
"Adventure Outdoors has decided that it does not intend to defend itself at a bench trial. Unlike the City, which can spend unlimited amounts of the taxpayers' money, Adventure Outdoors is a small retail dealer with limited resources and cannot afford to participate in a four-week bench trial, the result of which is a foregone conclusion," wrote John F. Renzulli, the head of Renzulli Law Firm in White Plains, N.Y. ....
"We're not cutting and running," Renzulli said. But, he added, "We're not spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight something that is a foregone conclusion. We were in this case until we had our constitutional jury taken away from us."
Remember this case the next time you hear a "reformer" argue that juries are biased against out-of-town corporate defendants.