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.