Our Founding Fathers demanded the sanctity of the jury trial be protected and not interfered with. Here are a few quotes for illustration:

“Representative government and trial by jury are the heart and lungs of liberty. Without them we have no other fortification against being ridden like horses, fleeced like sheep, worked like cattle and fed and clothed like swine and hounds.” John Adams 

“The wisdom of our sages and the blood of our heroes has been devoted to the attainment of trial by jury.  It should be the creed of our political faith.”  Thomas Jefferson, 1801.

“I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which government can be held to the principles of its constitution.”  Thomas Jefferson, 1788.

“Representative government and trial by jury are the heart and lungs of liberty.  Without them we have no other fortification against being ridden like horses, fleeced like sheep, worked like cattle and fed and clothed like swine and hounds.”  John Adams, 1774.

“Trial by jury in civil cases is as essential to secure the liberty of the people as any one of the pre-existent rights of nature.”  James Madison, 1789.

“The civil jury trial is preferable to any other and ought to be held sacred.”  Virginia Declaration of Rights, 1776.

“In civil suits the parties have a right to trial by jury and this method of procedure shall be held sacred.”  Massachusetts Constitution, 1780.

"In suits at common law, trial by jury in civil cases is essential to secure the liberty of the people as any one of the pre-existent rights of nature."  ~James Madison, 1789.

"It is essential in every free country, that common people should have part and share of influence, in the judicial as well as the legislative department."  ~Richard Henry Lee.

"Jury trials, which have ever been the boast of the English Constitution, which have been by our several state constitutions so cautiously secured to us,- jury trials which have long been considered the surest barrier against arbitrary power, and the palladium of liberty, with the loss of which the loss of freedom may be dated, are taken away by the proposed form of government, not only in a great variety of questions between individual and individual, but in every case whether civil or criminal arising under the laws of the United States or the execution of those law.”  ~Luther Martin.

And from the Magna Carta:

No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or posessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any other way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgment of his equals or by law of the land.