Monthly Archives: December 2010

The Missoula Seven and Peremptory Nullification

The Missoulian, the paper of record for Missoula, Montana, recently recounted a curious incident that got picked up by papers across the globe. During the voir dire stage of the trial, …made it clear they weren’t about to convict anybody … Continue reading

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Like a jury, but different

There are lots of experiments in citizen deliberation that draw inspiration from juries. One such innovation is the Oregon Citizens’ Initiative Review (CIR), a process tried out for the first time in 2010. The gist is this: A random sample … Continue reading

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Yes, instructions would be nice

Jury reformers often make small improvements to the process that make the job of being a juror a lot more meaningful, let alone feasible. Remember that your typical juror is coming into the jury box for the first time, and … Continue reading

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Intimidating prospective jurors?

A new group in this author’s home city, Seattle, Wash., is seeking to get its hands on the names of disqualified jurors. A Seattle Times story has the scoop: The group wants information on people who were disqualified from serving … Continue reading

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Juries and moral judgment

An article from Australia caught my eye this week. A judge in Sydney urged jurors to not make “moral judgments” in a murder case: The Supreme Court has heard she fell pregnant five times in the 1990s, terminating two pregnancies … Continue reading

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Do juries need training?

Juries face a daunting and complex task, and the balance of evidence is that they generally handle them quite well. But could they do better? And would they benefit from some kind of training, even a brief 15 minute orientation? … Continue reading

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