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A Memorable Closing Speech

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 08.25.2015 | Crime
Rabbi David Wolpe

All Americans have witnessed this past summer that the system had deep flaws and needs work from all of us to repair what is prejudiced, or cruel or wrong. But each day in countless ways, America works.

Exclusion Of Blacks From Juries Raises Renewed Scrutiny

The New York Times | Kelly Chen | Posted 08.16.2015 | Black Voices

SHREVEPORT, La. — Here are some reasons prosecutors have offered for excluding blacks from juries: They were young or old, single or divorced, ...

Your Face Could Seal Your Fate In Court

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 08.10.2015 | Science

You might think that if you were to sit on a jury for a murder trial, you'd be a fair and impartial judge of the facts. But new research suggests tha...

Taxes, Cannabis, Gulliver, Juries and Sex

Pat Oglesby | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Pat Oglesby

As legalization of cannabis moves from "Whether" to "How," revenue for government might be part of any reform law.

Three Jurors Dismissed From James Holmes Trial For Talking

AP | By SADIE GURMAN | Posted 06.09.2015 | Crime

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The judge in the Colorado theater shooting trial dismissed three jurors Tuesday after learning that one was exposed to news...

Sobering Lessons From the Lone Juror in the Etan Patz Case

Dan Simon | Posted 05.15.2015 | Crime
Dan Simon

The Hernandez case confirms the adage that "confession is the queen of evidence." Even without a shred of physical evidence, an almost unanimous jury voted for conviction based on a 33-year-old statement, given by a man suffering from a personality disorder and limited intelligence.

Everyday Justice in the District

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | Posted 05.12.2015 | DC
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

Jury duty is a valuable form of community involvement. Without jurors there would be no jury trials, and without jury trials we would lose an effective and fair way to seek justice and hold members of the community accountable.

The Public, Race, and a Jury of Your Peers

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

Last year's jury decisions in racially-charged investigations were only the most recent to reveal the schism in the country's perceptions of how race intersects with justice. From the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research archives, here is a look back over more than twenty years of data on race and the jury system.

Questions From Ferguson

Peter Van Buren | Posted 01.25.2015 | Crime
Peter Van Buren

Why did the grand jury take it upon themselves to sort out the witness conclusively? The point of a grand jury is only to determine if probable cause of a crime, a very low legal hurdle, exists. If it does, they return an indictment and the case goes to trial for resolution.

Think You Are Guaranteed a Right to a Jury of Your Peers? It Might Just Turn on Your Marginal Tax Rate

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 01.21.2015 | Crime
Burke E. Strunsky

Inadequate jury pay is essentially gutting class diversity and creating more homogenous juries that no longer represent a true cross-section of our communities.

Save Our Juries, Save Our Constitution

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

When jurors receive that summons in the mail, they believe the court commanded them to attend, not the Constitution. Such a reality inverts role that juries were expected to play. Citizens have lost the sense that jury duty is constitution duty, and that "we the people" are responsible for our government.

Do Jurors Become Better Citizens?

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | Posted 09.24.2014 | Impact
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

What if jury service made you a better citizen? New social science research on juries and democratic engagement makes exactly that argument. Like an immunity boost for our civic constitution, jury service appears to ward off civic apathy.

Jurors' Social Media Posts Now Fair Game For Lawyers

AP | PAUL ELIAS | Posted 06.22.2014 | Crime

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Lawyers have been given the green light to scan the social media sites of jurors. The American Bar Association says it's ethic...

The Juror Voices Project

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

Every year millions of Americans are summoned to jury service. Yet, no organized, centralized space exists to collect or share what jurors think about this experience. Juror voices are lost. And, this is a loss for the court system and American democracy.

'10 Angry Men' Isn't Enough: Will the Supreme Court Finally Step in to Stop States From Violating Fundamental Constitutional Rights?

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 06.09.2014 | Crime
Elizabeth B. Wydra

In the film 12 Angry Men, a lone man is able to convince his fellow jurors to switch their votes from guilty to not guilty. But in some places, the movie would have been much shorter and the result different -- because in those states, 10 out of 12 jurors voting guilty is enough to send a person away to prison for the rest of his life.

Why Stand Your Ground Laws Must Be Repealed, in One Infuriating Graph

Lisa Wade | Posted 04.20.2014 | Black Voices
Lisa Wade

Research found that Stand Your Ground laws increase the likelihood that a homicide will be considered "justified," but only in cases where a white person is accused of killing a black person.

Martin Scorsese Presides Over the Jury at the Marrakech International Film Festival

Karin Badt | Posted 01.31.2014 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

The Marrakech International Film Festival opened this weekend with a ceremony introducing the star-studded jury, including French actress Marion Cotil...

Call Me Juror No. 3

Eva Moon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Eva Moon

I've heard the complaints about jury duty -- about the boredom, being treated like idiots, ordered around and unappreciated. Maybe I was lucky, but I found the process fascinating.

Advice From a Judge While Waiting For a Jury

Marcus Landsberg | Posted 11.25.2013 | Hawaii
Marcus Landsberg

"Waiting is really the hardest part," The judge of my first jury trial told me. After a day and a half the Jury had yet to send back a jury communica...

Why Were We So Jubilant And Despondent After The Zimmerman Verdict?

Daniel Simon | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Daniel Simon

There have been few times in the typical American political debate where many whom are politically active and not have had such strong sentiments towa...

How Race and Racial Stereotypes Swayed the Zimmerman Trial Jury

Sophia A. Nelson | Posted 09.19.2013 | Black Voices
Sophia A. Nelson

The verdict is in. And it is disturbing. We can argue all day about whether or not the prosecution made its case, or whether the defense distorted the...

Did I Say Justice? Sorry, I Meant Revenge

Dr. Robert M. Myers | Posted 09.21.2013 | College
Dr. Robert M. Myers

In the death of Trayvon and in other situations throughout our lives we may never know all the facts. Let's stop acting like we do. Let's start leaving difficult situations to God.

In Defense of the Jury System; and My Twitter Talk With Richard Dreyfuss

Greta Van Susteren | Posted 09.19.2013 | Politics
Greta Van Susteren

More lawyers and citizens should be standing up for the jury system. Destroying the jury system is dangerous. Who do you want to decide a case? those who actually heard ALL the evidence and considered it or those who simply picked sides? Trials are not about picking sides.

Racism on Trial: Where Do You Stand?

David Bedrick | Posted 09.17.2013 | Black Voices
David Bedrick

egardless of your opinion about George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin, we mustn't ignore the underlying conversation -- a heated, potent, and critical discussion about race and racism.

Racism's 21st Century Makeover

Yousef Abukhdair | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics
Yousef Abukhdair

To believe racism is non-existent in the American justice system amongst other venues is a ludicrous omission of societal norms and an obtuse understanding of human nature.