Category Archives: Public/media views of juries

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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Florida Supreme Court affirms the power of the jury

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court helped secure the power of the jury in the U.S. by requiring Florida courts to give juries, and juries alone, the power to judge the key facts in death penalty cases. Previously, juries’ findings … Continue reading

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Donald Trump at Jury Duty

There’s no real point to this post, other than including this wonderful photo of a Presidential candidate reporting for jury duty, thanks to a Tweet of him in Manhattan’s courthouse: There’s more than one article about the event, such as … 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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On juries, grand juries, and Ferguson, Missouri

As outrage builds about the failure to indict the officer who shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the work of the grand jury itself. This blog focuses on criminal and civil … Continue reading

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A global jury?

Penn State University has started a program that looks at human rights cases called “The World on Trial.” The neat twist in the show is that “juries throughout the world” review the case, as presented on the show, then “reach … Continue reading

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