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

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Harvard University Press, 1994 - Law - 308 pages
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This magisterial book explores fascinating cases from American history to show how juries remain the heart of our system of criminal justice - and an essential element of our democracy. No other institution of government rivals the jury in placing power so directly in the hands of citizens. Jeffrey Abramson draws upon his own background as both a lawyer and a political theorist to capture the full democratic drama that is the jury. We, the Jury is a rare work of scholarship that brings the history of the jury alive and shows the origins of many of today's dilemmas surrounding juries and justice.
 

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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
15
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
Index
300
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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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