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The jury in America : triumph and decline / Dennis Hale.

By: Hale, Dennis (Dennis B.) [author.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks; American political thought.Publisher: Lawrence, KS : University Press of Kansas, 2016Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780700622016; 0700622012.Subject(s): Jury -- United StatesAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Jury in America.DDC classification: 347.73/752 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Hale (Boston College) has written an extensive, thorough volume on an institution important enough to the founders that it is mentioned numerous times in the original US Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Yet today, he notes, juries resolve a mere 2 percent of legal cases in the US. In a grand historical sweep, Hale examines the origins of juries in English common law and their evolution during the Colonial period and up through the modern and postmodern periods. The "vanishing jury," as Hale calls, is the result of modern legal reform that has been hostile or at least indifferent to the role of juries as the people's voice in the courts. Added to the ever increasing complexity of civil litigation, the continuing explosion in legal cases of all stripes, and their concomitant out-of-court settlements (the result of multiple factors), trials generally and juries specifically are in decline. After discussing four controversial cases, Hale concludes that juries are important, even if their use is few and far between, and that they are worth saving. The combination of history, political science, and law here is masterful, and the book is highly recommended. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals. --Michael Wayne Bowers, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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