Modern juries in Russia

Are Russian juries lenient? It’s all relative to one’s expectations. An article from earlier this year reported that only one-in-five defendants get the Not Guilty verdict…but that’s better than the one-in-one-hundred rate for traditional trials.

The other finding that jumped out is that juries in Russia are hearing one in every 1-in-2,000 cases. In the U.S., juries account for somewhere between 2-5% of criminal trials. The implications of this and other findings in The Jury and Democracy.

For a more cinematic take on Russian juries, see the movie 12–a fresh adaptation of 12 Angry Men.


About jgastil

John Gastil is Head and Professor in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University, where he specializes in political deliberation and group decision making.
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