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Commonsense Justice

Jurors' Notions of the Law

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$50.00 • £40.95 • €45.00

ISBN 9780674005563

Publication Date: 04/16/2001

Short

400 pages

5-7/8 x 9 inches

13 tables

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At a time when the jury system is under increasing scrutiny and there is evidence that jurors in some cases are rebelling against the law, Norman Finkel’s [book] is a welcome addition to the literature on this venerable but beleaguered institution. This book explores the relation between ‘black letter’ law and ‘commonsense justice’ or ‘community sentiment’… Finkel’s central question is ‘should the law follow the path laid by community sentiment, or should the community follow the path the law has laid?’ …Commonsense Justice is a book of broad scope, embracing issues of substantive constitutional and criminal law and empirical research on juries.—Thomas Schmeling, Law and Politics Book Review

Timely in light of the recent acquittal of O.J. Simpson, this book addresses jury nullification, or the ability of juries to make law and not simply determine facts.Choice

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