Author Archives: pauliticalscience

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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Australian jurors and judges disagree on sentencing

Written by Ethan Paul, undergraduate student at the Pennsylvania State University In a soon-to-be published study, Tasmanian Governor Kate Warner, former director of the Tasmania Law Reform Institute, found that juries consistently bestow more lenient sentences than do judges. Warner … Continue reading

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Jury Duty in an Online World

Written by Ethan Paul, undergraduate student at the Pennsylvania State University Following a jury trial held in Macomb County Circuit Court in Mount Clemons,Terry L. Wilson, 22, was convicted of premeditated murder and firearm possession for his involvement in the May 2013 shooting death … Continue reading

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Anonymous juries: a troubling development

Written by Ethan Paul, undergraduate student at the Pennsylvania State University Earlier this month, New York City attorney Bobbi C. Sternheim filed court papers on behalf of her client, Minh Quang Pham, urging the judge to reject the government’s demands … Continue reading

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The problem of skewed jury demographics

Written by Ethan Paul, undergraduate student at the Pennsylvania State University NYPD Officer Peter Liang is facing trial after being accused of recklessly shooting Akai Gurley in a dimly-lit stairwell in East New York on November 20th, 2015. Gurley, a 28-year … Continue reading

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