Judging the Jury / Edition 1

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Juries have been variously praised as bulwarks of democracy and maligned as easily manipulated pawns. Both of these books, in assessing the available evidence, conclude that most of the time juries are both competent and effective. Hans and Vidmar are social scientists, and their book is oriented around issues such as jury selection, the effects of sympathy or prejudice on verdicts, and unanimous versus majority voting. Particular attention is paid to the insanity defense, rape, and capital punishment. Additionally, there is material on the history and development of juries. The book is serious in tone, but scholarly apparatus has been kept out of sight, making it readily accessible to general readers. Wishman deals with many of the same issues, but introduces them in the context of a semi-novelistic account of a murder trial (actually a composite of several trials). Unfortunately, the trial narrative is so compelling that the substantive material on juries, while well presented, seems more like an unwelcome digression than the main point of the book. Both books contain copious notes for those who wish to dig more deeply, and both are recommended for public and academic libraries. Jack Ray, Loyola/Notre Dame Lib., Baltimore
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738205748
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 8/7/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction
Chapter 1. Introduction 13
Chapter 2. From Trial by Ordeal to Trial by Jury 21
Chapter 3. The Evolution of the American Jury 31
Part II. Jury Selection
Chapter 4. A Jury of Peers--But from an Unbiased Community 47
Chapter 5. Jury Selection: Eliminating Some of the Peers 63
Chapter 6. The New "Science" of Jury Selection 79
Part III. Jury Decisions
Chapter 7. Inside the Jury Room 97
Chapter 8. Jury Competence: Twelve People of Average Ignorance? 113
Chapter 9. Mr. Prejudice or Miss Sympathy: A Thirteenth Juror? 131
Chapter 10. The War with the Law 149
Chapter 11. Six versus Twelve, All versus Some 165
Part IV. The Jury in the Eye of the Storm
Chapter 12. Mad or Bad? Juries and the Defense of Insanity 179
Chapter 13. Jurors' Views of Rape: Anger and Ambivalence 199
Chapter 14. The Jury and the Executioner 219
Part V. Conclusion
Chapter 15. Today and Tomorrow: A Summary View and Judgment 245
Notes 253
Name Index 273
Subject Index 279
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