A Trial by Jury

Author: D. Graham Burnett

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0375414258

Category: Political Science

Page: 208

View: 7086

When Princeton historian D. Graham Burnett answered his jury duty summons, he expected to spend a few days catching up on his reading in the court waiting room. Instead, he finds himself thrust into a high-pressure role as the jury foreman in a Manhattan trial. There he comes face to face with a stunning act of violence, a maze of conflicting evidence, and a parade of bizarre witnesses. But it is later, behind the closed door of the jury room, that he encounters the essence of the jury experience — he and eleven citizens from radically different backgrounds must hammer consensus out of confusion and strong disagreement. By the time he hands over the jury’s verdict, Burnett has undergone real transformation, not just in his attitude toward the legal system, but in his understanding of himself and his peers. Offering a compelling courtroom drama and an intimate and sometimes humorous portrait of a fractious jury, A Trial by Jury is also a finely nuanced examination of law and justice, personal responsibility and civic duty, and the dynamics of power and authority between twelve equal people. From the Trade Paperback edition.

An Essay on the Trial by Jury

Author: Lysander Spooner

Publisher: The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.

ISBN: 1584771569

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 7295

One of the earliest treatises on the subject. Spooner's powerful argument for the reform of the jury system holds that jurors should be drawn by lot from the whole body of citizens, and that they should be judges of law as well as of the fact in question. Spooner was well known for his controversial arguments on political and legal subjects.

A Treatise on Trial by Jury

Including Questions of Law and Fact : with an Introductory Chapter on the Origin and History of the Jury Trial

Author: John Proffatt

Publisher: San Francisco : S. Whitney


Category: Jury

Page: 608

View: 5689


Blacks and the trial by jury

The black man's experience in the courts

Author: Alfred Schaufelberger

Publisher: Herbert Lang Et Co Ag


Category: Political Science

Page: 170

View: 3685


The Palladium of Justice

Origins of Trial by Jury

Author: Leonard Williams Levy

Publisher: Ivan R Dee


Category: Law

Page: 114

View: 461

Trial by jury is the mainstay of the accusatorial system of criminal justice. Here one of our most distinguished constitutional scholars, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Leonard Levy, brings his formidable skills to bear in tracing the development of what many great legal minds have called the Palladium of Justice. Recounting this history with his characteristic clarity, vigor, and elegance of expression, Mr. Levy has given us a brilliant and useful summary of one of our most cherished freedoms. Incisively, thoroughly, and thoughtfully as always-Leonard Levy offers historical meaning and understanding to one of our most basic rights. Stanley I. Kutler

The American System of Trial by Jury

An Address

Author: Daniel Henry Chamberlain

Publisher: BiblioBazaar, LLC

ISBN: 9781113394538

Category: History

Page: 48

View: 1855

This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.

Seventh Amendment

The Right to a Trial by Jury

Author: Rich Smith

Publisher: ABDO

ISBN: 9781604531954

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 695

Discusses the Seventh Amendment, which allows Americans to have personal and business disputes be heard in a court of law and settled by a jury.

Die Freunde von Eddie Coyle

Author: George V Higgins

Publisher: Antje Kunstmann

ISBN: 3888979137

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

View: 5800

Dem kleinkriminellen Waffenschieber Eddie »Fingers« Coyle droht der Bau, und Detective Dave Foley, sein Freund und Helfer bei der Polizei, stellt ihn vor eine schwierige Wahl: Die einzige Möglichkeit, dem Knast zu entgehen, ist, einen von seinen guten Kunden zu verpfeifen. Doch wer von den unzähligen Gangstern, die Eddie Coyle seine Freunde nennt, muss dran glauben? Für Jimmy Scalisi, einen skrupellosen Mobster mit besten Verbindungen, hat Coyle die Knarren für eine Serie von brutalen Banküberfällen besorgt. Von Jackie Brown erwartet Coyle eine neue Lieferung, ein ganz großes Ding, Maschinenpistolen für ein paar politische sehr Engagierte. Und dann ist da noch Dillon, in dessen Bar Kontakte geknüpft und Geschäfte gemacht werden. In Eddie Coyles Welt wäscht zwar eine Hand die andere, aber hier spielt jeder sein eigenes Spiel ...

Dundonnell Cause, Second Trial

Report of the Trial by Jury, Thomas M'Kenzie, Esq. Against Robert Roy, Esq. W.S., in the Court of Session at Edinburgh, 4th January 1831 and Four Following Days

Author: Thomas Mackenzie (of Dundonnell.),Robert Roy,S. MacGregor,Daniel Lizars

Publisher: N.A


Category: Estates (Law)

Page: 192

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In the Hands of the People

The Trial Jury's Origins, Triumphs, Troubles, and Future in American Democracy

Author: William L. Dwyer

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1429973293

Category: Law

Page: 256

View: 7607

In a passionate warning that is not only well-reasoned, as becomes a renowned former trial lawyer and present federal judge, but is also a compelling and entertaining read, William L. Dwyer defies those who would abolish our jury system and hand over its power to judges or to panels of "experts." He aims, by making his readers aware of what should be done, to help us save what he calls "America's most democratic institution." In an overview of litigation's universe, Dwyer goes back several centuries to describe the often terrifying ways our ancestors arrived at verdicts of guilt or innocence. Tracing the evolution of our present-day system, he gives us excerpts from the actual records of such trials as that of young William Penn, arrested for preaching Quaker beliefs in public; the Salem witch trials; and the landmark civil rights trial of 18th century newspaper publisher John Peter Zenger, whose attorney was the original "Philadelphia lawyer." Along with these famous courtroom episodes are many never before described in print, all of them infused with the drama that gives life to the law. Dwyer's language is clear and engaging - a pleasant surprise for readers apprehensive about legal gobbledygook. He has a store of courtroom "war stories," some inspiring, some alarming, many enlivened by gleams of the author's wry humor. Underlying that humor, however, is the judge's fear that the jury system is endangered by neglect and misunderstanding, and could be lost without the public being aware of what is happening. The book shows that despite much adverse publicity, the American jury still works capably, at times brilliantly, when given a fair chance by the legal professionals who run trials. Consequently, the author deals with what has gone wrong with American litigation, the controversy over the jury's competence and integrity, and trial and pretrial reforms that must be made to save trial by jury and reshape American litigation in the twenty-first century.