7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 2010
Are you interested in the jury? Want to know more? Then you must read this book. Seriously. Not optional. It covers every nook-and-cranny of the world of research on the subject, and its authors are bona fide experts in the field. This book is really an update of their earlier book, Judging the Jury, which has been cited by the Supreme Court on many occasions when commenting on the functioning of the jury. Yeah, you know you're important when your social science is being cited by the U.S. Supreme Court. Besides being a compelling argument for respecting the intelligence of juries, the authors also show the jury system's vulnerabilities, how new reforms are reshaping it, and where it comes from historically and culturally. Again, it's a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the jury system.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2008
While the right to a trail by jury of peers is a basic American freedom, in reality civil juries have been found to be biased, irresponsible and incompetent. This volume reviews some fifty years of civil and criminal juries and considers arguments pro and con about the civil jury system. The verdict is a surprising support for the jury system process, comes from scholars of the jury system, and provides both background history and modern perspective, analyzing the key facts central to the jury's decision-making process. This is a key title for any high school to college-level collection strong in American social and political history and civil rights, or basic law.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2013
Came as described, required for class so not much else to add about it. Some pages were slightly damaged by water but that was in the description, I think. Reads just fine.