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The missing American jury : restoring the fundamental constitutional role of the criminal, civil, and grand juries / Suja A. Thomas, University of Illinois, College of Law .

Author/Creator:
Thomas, Suja A., author.
Publication:
New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2016.
Format/Description:
Book
ix, 251 pages ; 24 cm
Subjects:
Jury -- United States.
Jury.
United States.
Summary:
"Criminal, civil, and grand juries have disappeared from the American legal system. Over time, despite their significant presence in the Constitution, juries have been robbed of their power by the federal government and the states. For example, leveraging harsher criminal penalties, executive officials have forced criminal defendants into plea bargains, eliminating juries. Capping money awards, legislatures have stripped juries of their power to fix damages. Ordering summary judgment, judges dispose of civil cases without sending them to a jury. This is not what the founders intended. Examining the Constitution's text and historical sources, the book explores how the jury's authority has been taken and how it can be restored to its rightful, co-equal position as a 'branch' of government. Discussing the value of juries beyond the Constitution's requirements, the book also discusses the significance of juries world-wide and argues jury decision-making should be preferred over determinations by other governmental bodies"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
The missing American jury: an introduction
The fall of the criminal, civil, and grand juries and the rise of the executive, the legislature, the judiciary, and the states
The missing branch
Interpreting jury authority
Restoring the jury
Beyond the constitution: affirming a role for lay jurors in America's government and world-wide
A branch among equals in American democracy: a conclusion.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9781107055650
1107055652
9781316618035
131661803X
OCLC:
934278109
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