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People who have specialized knowledge about a scientific or

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People who have specialized knowledge about a scientific or [#permalink]  20 Sep 2012, 22:17
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People who have specialized knowledge about a scientific or technical issue are systematically excluded from juries for trials where the issue is relevant. Thus, trial by jury is not a fair means of settling disputes involving such issues.

Which one of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?
(A) The more complicated the issue being litigated, the less likely it is that a juror without specialized knowledge of the field involved will be able to comprehend the testimony being given.
(B) The more a juror knows about a particular scientific or technical issue involved in a trial, the more likely it is that the juror will be prejudiced in favor of one of the litigating parties before the trial begins.
(C) Appointing an impartial arbitrator is not a fair means of settling disputes involving scientific or technical issues, because arbitrators tend to favor settlements in which both parties compromise on the issues.
(D) Experts who give testimony on scientific or technical issues tend to hedge the conclusions by discussing the possibility of error.
(E) Expert witnesses in specialized fields often command fees that are so high that many people involved in litigation cannot afford their services.
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Re: People who have specialized knowledge [#permalink]  21 Sep 2012, 01:15
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Is it (B) because the whole purpose of trial by jury is to have people who are not biased on the issues.
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Re: People who have specialized knowledge [#permalink]  21 Sep 2012, 01:56
+1 B

It is a weaken type question

Premise - People who have specialized knowledge about a scientific or technical issue are systematically excluded from juries for trials where the issue is relevant
Conclusion - trial by jury is not a fair means of settling disputes involving such issues.

Anything which weakens the conclusion is our answer

(A) The more complicated the issue being litigated, the less likely it is that a juror without specialized knowledge of the field involved will be able to comprehend the testimony being given. (Strengthen the conclusion)
(B) The more a juror knows about a particular scientific or technical issue involved in a trial, the more likely it is that the juror will be prejudiced in favor of one of the litigating parties before the trial begins. (This is our answer, if the jurors are prejudiced how come will they be fair)
(C) Appointing an impartial arbitrator is not a fair means of settling disputes involving scientific or technical issues, because arbitrators tend to favor settlements in which both parties compromise on the issues. (Irrelevant)
(D) Experts who give testimony on scientific or technical issues tend to hedge the conclusions by discussing the possibility of error. (It went way too far)
(E) Expert witnesses in specialized fields often command fees that are so high that many people involved in litigation cannot afford their services. (Does not help our cause in weakening the conclusion, eliminate)

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