We, the Jury: The Jury System and the Ideal of Democracy : with a New Preface

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Harvard University Press, 2000 - Law - 308 pages

In a new preface to this foundational book on the American jury, Jeffrey Abramson responds to his critics, defends his views on the jury as an embodiment of deliberative democracy in action, and reflects on recent jury trials and reforms.

Praise for the previous edition:

"Power to the persuasive! That's the message of Jeffrey Abramson's incisive, thoroughly researched, demanding book about the role of the jury in American democracy...At a rare moment when the media have whetted the public appetite for commentary about the jury, of all things, a fresh, substantial [book] has come along."--Washington Post Book World

"Anyone tempted to ridicule juries...should read Jeffrey Abramson's profound and eloquent defense of the American jury system...Mr. Abramson has faith in juries because they are a form of democratic justice. He describes in fascinating detail how democracy in America has developed over the years in tandem with the jury system."--The Economist

 

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WE, THE JURY: The Jury System and the Ideal of Democracy

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An eloquent and persuasive study of how the American jury system has degenerated since colonial times and what can be done to restore it. ``Jurors are forever smarter than assumed by lawyers working ... Read full review

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A former assistant district attorney, Abramson (politics, Brandeis) believes in the American jury system and in democracy. Here he discusses historical and contemporary court cases that exemplify or ... Read full review

Contents

DEMOCRATIC KNOWLEDGE
8
Juries and Local Justice
17
Juries and Higher Justice
57
DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATION
97
Scientific Jury Selection
143
DEMOCRATIC DELIBERATION
177
Race and the Death Penalty
207
Conclusion
241
Appendix
251
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About the author (2000)

Jeffrey Abramson is Professor of Government and Law and Fellow of the Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Centennial Chair in Government, The University of Texas at Austin.

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