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We, the Jury


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Preface, 2000 Acknowledgments Introduction PART I: DEMOCRATIC KNOWLEDGE 1.Juries and Local Justice 2. Juries and Higher Justice PART II: DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATION 3. Jury Selection and the Cross-Sectional Ideas 4. Scientific Jury Selection PART III: DEMOCRATIC DELIBERATION 5. The Unanimous Verdict 6. Race and the Death Penalty Conclusion Appendix Notes Index

About the Author

Jeffrey Abramson is Professor of Government and Law and Fellow of the Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Centennial Chair in Government, The University of Texas at Austin.


In his account of the history and function of juries in democratic society, former prosecutor Abramson argues that juries are often smarter and more independent than lawyers and the public assume. (Nov.)

Power to the persuasive! That's the message of Jeffrey Abramson's incisive, thoroughly researched, demanding book about the role of the jury in American democracy...At a rare moment when the media have whetted the public appetite for commentary about the jury, of all things, a fresh, substantial [book] has come along. * Washington Post Book World *
Anyone tempted to ridicule juries...should read Jeffrey Abramson's profound and eloquent defense of the American jury system...Mr. Abramson has faith in juries because they are a form of democratic justice. He describes in fascinating detail how democracy in America has developed over the years in tandem with the jury system. * The Economist *

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