Category Archives: Social/political impact of juries

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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First jury trial in Argentina wastes no time in setting precedent with “not guilty” verdict

New jury systems are emerging in different parts of the world, and while some have been reluctant to hand out “not guilty” verdicts (I’m looking at you, Japan), the new jury process in Buenos Aires reached such a decision at … Continue reading

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But who will guard the guardians? On county prosecutors, grand juries, and indicting police officers

With the passage of another week, there’s another case of a grand jury failing to indict a police officer who killed another African-American citizen, Eric Gardner. In the New York case, the coroner ruled the death a homicide and the … 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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New research shows when civil juries have maximum civic impact

Andrew Ferguson has posted a blog note about research that came out of the Jury and Democracy Project. This latest piece, spearheaded by Cornell University scholar Valerie Hans and University of Washington doctoral student Traci Feller adds to our 2010 … Continue reading

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Who’s afraid of older jurors?

Turns out it’s the Brits. Well, they’re not as spooked by them as they used to be. Currently, there is a limit that jurors cannot be over 70 years old, but that limit is rising to 75. As reported in … Continue reading

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More worries about the shrinking civil jury

This blog, and many other sources, have noted the low percentage of civil (and criminal) trials that go to a jury. A recent news article in the Grand Rapids Business Journal offers a somewhat different take than most have on … Continue reading

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