The English origins of the modern jury: from trial by ordeal to the decline of the "little parliament" Criminal and civil juries in America from colonial times to the present day: evolution, a heroic role, and controversy A jury of peers: democratic goals Jury selection: juror bias, juror challenges, and trial consultants Problem cases: pretrial publicity The tasks of the jury: evidence evaluation and jury decision-making processes Judging the jury: evaluating jurors' comprehension of evidence and law Trials in a scientific age: juries judging experts Judging criminal responsibility: erroneous convictions, the CSI effect, and the victim's role Deciding insanity: mad or bad? Jury nullification: the war with the law Death is different: juries and capital punishment Civil liability: plaintiff vs. defendant in the eyes of the jury Deciding compensatory damages: million dollar questions Punitive damages: coffee spills and Marlboro cigarettes Juries and medical malpractice: antidoctor, incompetent, and irresponsible? Concluding: the verdict on juries.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 347-397) and index.