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NCJ Number: 42195 Find in a Library
Title: SELECTING A JURY IN POLITICAL TRIALS
Journal: CASE WESTERN RESERVE LAW REVIEW  Volume:27  Issue:3  Dated:(SPRING 1977)  Pages:609-622
Author(s): J VAN DYKE
Corporate Author: Case Western Reserve University
School of Law
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH 44106
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: IMPANELING AN IMPARTIAL JURY IN A TRIAL THAT HAS RECEIVED EXTENSIVE MEDIA ATTENTION PRESENTS PROBLEMS, ESPECIALLY IF IT IS A TRIAL IN WHICH POLITICAL ISSUES, ACTIVITIES, OR PERSONALITIES ARE CENTRAL TO THE CASE.
Abstract: IN WELL-PUBLICIZED CASES, THE GOVERNMENT OFTEN HAS ADVANTAGES THAT IT DOES NOT ALWAYS POSSESS IN RUN-OF-THE-MILL CASES, INCLUDING ADVERSE PUBLICITY, PICKING THE LOCATON OF THE TRIAL, AND SEQUESTERING THE JURY, ALL OF WHICH CAN AFFECT THE JURY IN WAYS THAT RENDER IT MORE LIKELY TO FAVOR THE GOVERNMENT. AN EXAMINATION OF THESE JUSTIFICATIONS FOR THE DEFENSE'S USE OF SOPHISTICATED PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SOCIOLOGICAL TECHNIQUES TO SCRUTINIZE PROSPECTIVE JURORS FINDS THAT SUCH PRACTICES SOMETIMES LEAD TO PUBLIC DOUBT ABOUT THE IMPARTIALITY OF THE JURY'S VERDICT. IT IS CONCLUDED THAT ALTHOUGH SOME DEFENSE ATTORNEYS MAY BE OBLIGED TO SURVEY THE ATTITUDES OF POTENTIAL JURORS TO OVERCOME BIASES IN THE JURY SELECTION PROCESS, THE INTERESTS OF JUSTICE WOULD BE BETTER SERVED IF THE LISTS USED TO IMPANEL JURORS WERE MORE COMPLETE, IF FEWER EXCUSES AND CHALLENGES WERE ALLOWED, AND IF (AS A RESULT) THE RESULTING JURY MORE ACCURATELY REFLECTED THE DIVERSITY OF THE COMMUNITY. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)...ELW
Index Term(s): Discrimination; Judicial decisions; Juries; Juror utilization; Jury selection; Media coverage; Political influences; Political offenders
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