The general rule is that if you are innocent, get tried by a judge who will rule based on the facts. If you are guilty then go with a jury trial because you should never underestimate the ignorance of the American public.
As for Hardy, he was guilty and got what he deserved. Hopefully this will be a wake up call. I agree with those who say he is gone. Assault on a female is a big problem for JR.
Right on but in this case I don't think a jury trial outcome will be any different and he's out there swinging in the wind that much longer. Not guilty from jury trial is not going to change the perception and another guilty verdict hammer fugs the kraken.
Take your medicine and go on.