Category Archives: Social/political impact of juries

Ethnic bias in voir dire: More evidence of a widespread problem

A recent L.A. Times story picked up a preliminary report from U.C. Berkeley on who gets excluded from juries during voir dire in California. Here’s a quick summary: The report examined, among other things, nearly 700 cases decided by the … Continue reading

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Roger Stone jurors continue to be intimidated, even long after trial concludes

I posted an earlier note on this site about what a frightening norm-violation it was when President Trump tweeted about the jurors serving in the trial of Roger Stone. Now, those jurors have provided testimony that underscores just have grave … Continue reading

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When Presidents attack…

In The Jury and Democracy, we noted that although juries had high approval ratings in general, conservative political attacks on the civil jury had done damage to the reputation of such bodies. Now a sitting U.S. President has attacked the … 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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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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The national spotlight and Trump’s tweeting complicate any Mueller investigation jury trials

In the wake of the recent news that Michael Flynn has plead guilty to lying to the FBI, the news cycle has again become consumed by the Mueller investigation. The investigation’s first trial, into Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort … 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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Jurors Protest Against Judge by Refusing to Serve in His Courtroom

If one ever doubted that jurors speak with a voice that is not only legal but political, consider those jurors who refused to be seated in the courtroom of Judge Aaron Persky in Santa Clara County, California. Judge Pensky gave … 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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