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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.

Juries and board games: A match made in nerd heaven

For so many reasons, we here at the Jury and Democracy blog are delighted by a story from today’s Raleigh (NC) News and Observer. In a nutshell, a jury asked a judge to buy it board games, and the judge … Continue reading

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Suing to protect jurors’ right to serve

This lawsuit is a great example of advocacy for the rights of citizens to be considered for jury service. In an article for The Appeal, Kira Lerner explained: Mississippi District Attorney Doug Evans was hit with a proposed class action … Continue reading

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Jury system continues to advance in Argentina

Argentina had a funny provision in its constitution, which enabled Congress to establish a jury system. It chose not to, but that provision lingered and eventually inspired legal reformers to champion the jury system as a means of bolstering democracy … Continue reading

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In the age of Trump, a sign that jurors can still set politics aside

Many people probably wondered whether the jurors in the Manafort trial would be able to set aside any question of how a verdict might affect Special Prosectuor Robert Mueller’s investigation. There was relatively little discussion of this, but all it … Continue reading

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How Jury Service Influences Attitudes toward the Court System

Written by Jimin Pyo, a doctoral student in the Department of Criminal Justice at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. [Today’s post comes from a guest scholar, who has a new publication. We encourage anyone with research relevant … Continue reading

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When jurors herd together and when they stand their ground

A new study re-uses some of the data collected for the Jury and Democracy Project, along with original complementary data, to show when juries herd together and when they remain divided. A team of researchers in California, Maryland, and North … Continue reading

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Listen to jurors excuse themselves during voir dire in the Martin Shkreli case

The voir dire stage of the trial can help the court find a jury willing to hear a case without prejudice. Much discussion of this phase focuses on how and attorneys remove jurors to craft what each side thinks is … Continue reading

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