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Jury Nullification: The Evolution of a Doctrine
     

Jury Nullification: The Evolution of a Doctrine

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by Clay S. Conrad
 

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Juries have been delivering independent verdicts in the interest of justice for over 800 years, serving as the final check on government's power to pass unjust, immoral, or oppressive laws that leave citizens at the mercy of sometimes jaded or corrupt courts and legislatures. This was what the Founding Fathers feared, and this is the reason why they guaranteed

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Juries have been delivering independent verdicts in the interest of justice for over 800 years, serving as the final check on government's power to pass unjust, immoral, or oppressive laws that leave citizens at the mercy of sometimes jaded or corrupt courts and legislatures. This was what the Founding Fathers feared, and this is the reason why they guaranteed trial by jury three times in the Constitution – more than any other right.

In Jury Nullification, author Clay Conrad examines the history, the law, and the practical and political implications of jury independence, examining in depth the role of nullification in capital punishment law, the dark side of jury nullification in Southern lynching and civil rights cases, and the purpose and legal effect of the juror's oath. This book should be of interest to historians, trial lawyers, criminologists, political scientists, and anyone interested in knowing how our criminal justice system works – and how to make it better.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781939709004
Publisher:
Cato Institute
Publication date:
01/07/2014
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
738,003
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

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Randy E. Barnett
This book is meticulously researched and balanced. The enjoyment of reading it stems from Conrad's analysis and the fascinating and important nature of his subject. -- Professor of Law, Boston University

Meet the Author

Clay S. Conrad is a trial lawyer in Houston, Texas, with the law firm of Looney & Conrad, P.C.

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One of the best books available on a crucial subject.