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From The CriticsReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Abbott Laboratories)
Description: As the media spotlights high-profile court cases, the field deserves a book which realistically details the often confusing yet interesting world of jury selection. This book covers a number of issues relevant to jury selection including the effectiveness of jury consultants, background, and expertise. This is clearly a wonderful addition to the trial consultancy field.
Purpose: The purpose is to present the most common approaches and techniques involved in jury selection and to evaluate these approaches using social-scientific methods. The authors bring their vast knowledge and groundbreaking work to this book to give readers more than just a foundation of knowledge, but rather a user-friendly compendium of the many facets involved in the legal system. The authors also focus on the other parts of the legal system that ultimately can affect trial outcomes.
Audience: Readers from many disciplines will benefit from this book including psychologists, sociologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, attorneys, and advanced level graduate students specializing in forensic psychology.
Features: The authors do a wonderful job of presenting a social scientific evaluation of the various jury selection techniques in a reader-friendly format. The book is well written and well organized around more than just jury selection. The chapter on nonverbal behavior is a must-read for any social scientist. Discussions of demographic factors as well as personality and attitudes provide a realistic understanding of the complexities of jury selection. Lastly, an important discussion on the ethical and professional issues involved in scientific jury selection along with future research directions completes this book.
Assessment: This is a gem written by the founders of scientific jury selection. A well balanced look into the much talked about but often misunderstood world of jury selection.