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Spring 2014 - Smnr: Jury in Theory and Practice

Abramson, Jeffrey B

Course ID: 397S  Unique # 30120  Credit Hours: 3
Meeting DaysTimesLocation
   Wednesday 3:45 pm - 5:35 pm JON 6.257
Exam Type   Date   Time      Name Range   Room  
  Paper      
Registration Information
This course is restricted to upper division students only.

Description
This seminar explores issues raised by the jury as an institution of democratic justice.  Issues to be discussed include:  what does it mean for the jury to be a "representative" body of the community? Do jurors divide along racial, gender, and ethnic lines? Is there any "science" in scientific jury selection? Do peremptory challenges serve valid purposes or should they be abolished? Should jurors be permitted to nullify the law in order to render a verdict according to conscience? Do jurors understand and follow their instructions? Why do we require criminal juries to reach unanimous verdicts? Special attention will be given to jury selection and deliberation in death penalty trials.

Textbooks
A Crime of Self Defense - Fletcher, George
  Chicago
  ISBN: 0-226-25334-1   (required)
Billy Budd - Melville, Herman
  Signet
  ISBN: 97800451526878   (required)
We, the Jury - Abramson, Jeffrey
  Harvard
  ISBN: 0-674-00430-2   (required)