Category Archives: Deliberation on juries

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

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 trials. It just released its April 2017 newsletter, which contains three guest op-eds–two … 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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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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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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Jury Duty as a Patriotic Act

On the eve of America’s Independence Day (July 4), legal scholar Andrew Ferguson has a new op-ed about jury duty, which plays up its potential role as “the most American thing you can do.” At CNN.com, Ferguson explains that “serving … Continue reading

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Why the Supreme Court reaffirmed the sanctity of jury deliberations

Open meeting norms and “sunshine” laws help ensure that the public can know what’s happening when government officials meet. But what about when lay citizens are the government? When a jury deliberates together, it does so in private. Why the … Continue reading

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