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Do Jurors Become Better Citizens?

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | Posted 07.27.2014 | 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 06.04.2014 | 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Why Stand Your Ground Laws Must Be Repealed, in One Infuriating Graph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.

Zimmerman Prosecutors Overreached and Paid the Price

Richard Gaudreau | Posted 09.14.2013 | Crime
Richard Gaudreau

A not guilty verdict was not surprising to anyone paying attention to this case. Some of the best witnesses for Zimmerman were called by the prosecution.

What You May Not Know About the Zimmerman Verdict: The Evolution of a Jury Instruction

Alafair Burke | Posted 09.14.2013 | Black Voices
Alafair Burke

That may have been the moment when Zimmerman got acquitted. The end result was that jurors were told only about the parts of Florida self-defense law that benefited the defendant, without knowing anything about the most relevant potential limitation.

Do We Want Robots in the Jury Box?

Joel Cohen | Posted 07.09.2013 | Crime
Joel Cohen

If an unimpeachable lie detector expert could testify to his results in a one witness versus another case, determining that the victim was truthful and the accused was lying, or vice versa, he essentially would decide the case instead of the jury.

Recent Presidential Elections: Better Juries, Harder Ballot Initiatives

David J. Brunell | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics
David J. Brunell

I generally take the longer view and think Supreme Court nominations are the most significant actions U.S. presidents take, but besides anything Obama has already done or will do in the future, the election itself made democracy better -- maybe.

David Lohr

Jodi Arias Juror Complains Of Being Approached By Reporter (UPDATED)

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 01.30.2013 | Crime

A juror at the trial of Jodi Arias has complained to the presiding judge that a reporter approached the juror, the courthouse public information offic...

New Bill Could End Anti-Gay Discrimination In Jury Selection Process

Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices

Three U.S. senators have re-introduced legislation in hopes of abolishing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) citizen...

Jury Duty: To Sit or Not to Sit, That's the Question

Stacey Honowitz | Posted 02.17.2013 | Crime
Stacey Honowitz

I have picked hundreds of juries in my 24 years in the prosecutors office, and I can tell you that the attitude among jurors has changed over the last 10 years.

Free to Be... a Juror?

Kathryn E. Livingston | Posted 02.10.2013 | Fifty
Kathryn E. Livingston

Isn't it ironic? Here we are deciding on another's freedom when our own freedom has been denied. We aren't given the right to flip jury duty off. We aren't given the choice to turn it down. We simply must show up.

'Christmas Letter 2012'

Jerry Zezima | Posted 02.10.2013 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

It sure has been an exciting 2012 for the Zezimas! The good news is that nobody in the family went to prison, though three of us had brushes with the law.

Jury In Citigroup Fraud Case Makes Unusual Request

Posted 08.06.2012 | Business

A New York jury that voted not to convict a former mid-level Citigroup official of financial fraud made clear last week that it thought the real culpr...

The Beauty of Justice in Action

Diane Dimond | Posted 07.30.2012 | Crime
Diane Dimond

Jury service is the great equalizer and a reminder that none of us is above the court sanctioned judgment of another. If you have never sat in on a jury trial -- pick one and go. It's a real eye-opener.