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Judging The Jury
     

Judging The Jury

by Valerie P. Hans, Neil Vidmar
 

"<>""In this work, Hans and Vidmar review the historical evolution of the trial jury, the contemporary role of the jury in the American criminal justice system, and future prospects for the jury as an i"

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"<>""In this work, Hans and Vidmar review the historical evolution of the trial jury, the contemporary role of the jury in the American criminal justice system, and future prospects for the jury as an i"

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306422553
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
11/05/1990
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 8.56(h) x 1.11(d)
Lexile:
1330L (what's this?)

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