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Older Americans still find jury service to be an important part of citizenship, younger Americans less so

Written by Ethan Paul, undergraduate student at the Pennsylvania State University In a Pew Research Center survey conducted in April 2017, 67 percent of American adults said that “serving on a jury is part of what it means to be a … Continue reading

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The implications of Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado: Two competing perspectives

Written by Ethan Paul, undergraduate student at the Pennsylvania State University The Civil Jury Project at the NYU School of Law seeks to examine and explain the causes and consequences of the rapid decline in the use of the jury in civil … Continue reading

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Sonia Sotomayor Reflects on Civil Jury Trials, Arguing They are Uniquely Empowering, Unifying, and Just

Written by Ethan Paul, undergraduate student at the Pennsylvania State University As the Senate considers the qualifications of a new prospective Supreme Court justice (after the GOP stonewalled Obama’s final nominee), we’re looking back a year to when NYU’s Civil Jury Project held … Continue reading

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NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project

Written by Ethan Paul, undergraduate student at the Pennsylvania State University In December 2016, the NYU School of Law launched the Civil Jury Project. This new initiative seeks to examine the rapid decline in the relevance and use of the jury trial in … Continue reading

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The Bundy occupation in Oregon and jury nullification

Written by Ethan Paul, undergraduate student at the Pennsylvania State University This post is about the jury that exonerated Ammon and Ryan Bundy, along with their compatriots, after they had occupied a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon. Before we go to … Continue reading

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Florida Supreme Court: Imposition of Death Sentence Requires Unanimous Jury

Written by Ethan Paul, undergraduate student at the Pennsylvania State University The Florida Supreme Court ruled on Friday, October 14, that it is unconstitutional for the death penalty to be imposed without the unanimous support of a jury. As the New … Continue reading

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Rewriting the 6th Amendment: Right to a Speedy Plea Bargain

Written by Ethan Paul, undergraduate student at the Pennsylvania State University A recent New York Times study, authored by Benjamin Weiser, found that, out of 63,000 federal defendants convicted in 1997, only 3,200 were done so by a jury of their … Continue reading

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