Jury Duty: Reclaiming Your Political Power and Taking Responsibility

Jury Duty: Reclaiming Your Political Power and Taking Responsibility

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by Michael Singer
     
 

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Written by a legal scholar for the general reader, this book demystifies the institution of the jury and validates its political power, providing valuable insights for the more than 30 million Americans who receive a jury summons each year.

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Written by a legal scholar for the general reader, this book demystifies the institution of the jury and validates its political power, providing valuable insights for the more than 30 million Americans who receive a jury summons each year.

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"This detailed book would work in judicial process courses as an introduction to the controversy surrounding the jury system. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers, undergraduate students, graduate students, and professionals."
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440802706
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/06/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
242
Sales rank:
1,053,580
File size:
1 MB

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Larry R. Ridener
"Michael Singer provides a sociological analysis of the history, development and costs of the jury system, and describes its political implications. This book is an outstanding scholarly work and should be required reading for all pre-law, criminal justice, and law and society students at all levels."
Paul Butler

"Professor Singer has performed a valuable public service. Jury Duty is a comprehensive, easy to read guide to how citizens can use jury duty to improve American criminal justice. It should be required reading for scholars and activists alike."
Miguel A. Méndez

"The American jury's unreviewable power to acquit a defendant despite overwhelming evidence of guilt has long intrigued judges, lawyers, legal scholars, and historians. In his highly readable book, Professor Michael Singer explains why the principal justifications usually given for the use of jurors (improved trial outcomes and promoting democratic citizenship) are largely unfounded and argues convincingly why the jurors' role is essentially political. By acquitting the guilty, jurors prevent the enforcement of unjust laws and the imposition of unjust punishment; and by convicting the guilty, jurors legitimate the role of government in enacting and enforcing specific criminal sanctions."

Miguel A. Méndez

"The American jury's unreviewable power to acquit a defendant despite overwhelming evidence of guilt has long intrigued judges, lawyers, legal scholars, and historians. In his highly readable book, Professor Michael Singer explains why the principal justifications usually given for the use of jurors (improved trial outcomes and promoting democratic citizenship) are largely unfounded and argues convincingly why the jurors' role is essentially political. By acquitting the guilty, jurors prevent the enforcement of unjust laws and the imposition of unjust punishment; and by convicting the guilty, jurors legitimate the role of government in enacting and enforcing specific criminal sanctions."
Emily Bazelon

"Michael Singer has written a thoughtful and comprehensive history of the role of the jury—one that challenges us to appreciate anew the crucial role it plays in our legal system."
Jonathan Simon
"Jury Duty is a sobering reminder of the moral cost of mass incarceration and the responsibility that this places on those of us who have the right and the duty to serve on juries in the United States. Now the humanitarian crisis inside America's prisons gets personal."

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