Monthly Archives: September 2010

Deliberation, China, and the jury

A wonderful new Time op-ed suggested that instead of appointing commissions to study the debt, etc., Obama should be using deliberative bodies. This particular piece points to the Deliberative Poll variants being used in China (yes, China shames the US … Continue reading

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Modern juries in Russia

Russian juries try approximately 0.05% of all criminal cases and have a 20% acquittal rate, which is approximately twenty times higher than that of traditional courts. Continue reading

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Jury duty not for sale (anymore)

A recent story from Missouri reported that jurors could, for a time, pay their way out of jury duty for $50, plus a promise of 6 hours community service. (Really? You’d rather pick up trash on the interstate for half … Continue reading

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Beginning new blog on juries and democratic citizenship

This blog will comment on issues in the news or on the web pertinent to the jury system as an institution of democratic civic education. Yes, the jury is just more than a means of resolving legal disputes–it’s also an … Continue reading

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