Category Archives: Verdicts juries reach

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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Demystifying jury duty

It’s not often that a newspaper runs a story that debunks common misconceptions about jury duty, so I single out a good example of such reporting that comes from the Richmond Register. The author makes jury duty sound much less … Continue reading

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Discussing the jury in America with Albert Dzur and John Gastil

Joshua Miller of Morgan State University recently recorded a discussion he orchestrated via GoogleHangout with political scientist Albert Dzur and me (John Gastil). The interview-like-thing runs about 23 minutes and gives you some insight into what Albert and I have … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Zimmerman verdict, before it is reached

Andrew Ferguson has been posting essays on Atlantic.com regarding the jury, drawing on  ideas from his 2013 book, Why Jury Duty Matters. The latest offering has some useful insights regarding the George Zimmerman trial, which is getting wall-to-wall coverage in … Continue reading

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A trial close to home, and a jury weighing evidence

A trial has just ended near my home–the trial of former football coach and charity founder Jerry Sandusky. It has been a crazy first year at Penn State for me because of the events surrounding Sandusky, and I have considered … Continue reading

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When a hung jury is a reasoned “verdict”: The John Edwards trial

Alan Dershowitz makes a compelling case in a CNN op-ed essay that the jury in the John Edwards criminal trial got it right when they failed to reach a verdict on most charges. As he sees the case, The judge … Continue reading

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Juries, judges, and the determination to reach a verdict

In perusing news about juries, we often come across stories like this one, from the Washington Post: A federal judge has told jurors to continue deliberating at Texas tycoon R. Allen Stanford’s fraud trial after they indicated they’re deadlocked on … Continue reading

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