Questions tagged [jury]

A panel of "peers" (often of 12) selected from the citizenry that acts as a "trier of fact" in a court case.

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Law in fiction: acquittal of Moriarty in *Sherlock* TV series

[clarification: I'm posting this question here because it is arguably a better forum than scifi.SE] In "The Reichenbach Fall" (Sherlock season 2, episode 3), Jim Moriarty breaks into the Jewel House ...
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How should I dress for Jury Selection?

I have been chosen, after filling out a questionnaire, to appear for jury selection. I have no desire to influence whether or not I am chosen, but at the same time I wish to appear respectable. What ...
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In Oracle America v. Google, what was the District Court jury's rationale behind its "fair use" finding?

In the case of Oracle America v. Google, the District Court of Northern California ruled on whether or not Google's reimplementation of 37 Java APIs constituted fair use. My question is, how - in the ...
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US juror qualification: could a stripper be a juror on a Sunday school teacher?

I have just watched the "Eleven Angry Jurors", a sequel with the CSI, Crime Scene Investigation. One of the jurors was a stripper. The case was described as a high-profile, murder. http://www.imdb....
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Do 'questions come from the jury after they have retired to consider their verdict, when they can't be answered'?

Source: pp 185-186, The Art of the Advocate (1993) by Richard Du Cann QC (called to the Bar of England and Wales).   Juries have no rights on questions of evidence at all, except as the final ...
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Are there legal ways to get out of jury duty?

I have a mental disability called high-functioning autism. The biggest relevant effect is an increased social ineptitude, to the point that even thinking about the possibility of having to do jury ...
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Why does the legal system allow lawyers to give purposely confusing instructions to jurors?

I just read this answer to a popular question here, where it explains why lawyers aren't allowed in juries most of the time; here's an excerpt: If a lawyer is in the jury, that person will ...
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is 12 of your peers a bad thing now?

Everything about the US legal system is based on police lineups and a unanimous decision by 12 of your peers. But surfing a popular physics website I stumbled across phys.org "Under ancient Jewish ...
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Are juries able to ask questions during a trial?

One thing I keep seeing on TV crime dramas like Law and Order is that the defense and prosecution ask questions of those at the bench for the sake of the jury, at times trying to trigger emotional ...
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Legal Definition of Peers, as in Jury of your Peers

I was wondering how the word "peers" has come to be defined legally the way it has. legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com states that legally the word is held to mean: This has been interpreted ...
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Can a jury change a price?

Suppose the following facts: Alice contracts to buy a car from Bob for $10,000, in a negotiated and relatively simple written contract between competent parties. Alice takes the car. Edit after ...
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Why are lawyers typically excluded from juries?

At least in the United States practicing lawyers are called to serve on juries. But my understanding is at least one side will always remove them before trial. Why would it always be the case that ...
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UK - how are jurors replaced after having been dismissed?

In England, after a prospective juror has been rejected (say for cause), how is she or he replaced? I see from http://www.inbrief.co.uk/legal-system/jury-selection-process.htm# that The selected ...
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How to do voir dire if you had taken a Driving Safety Course?

In Can you present a clear record if you do Driver Safety Course in Texas?, it was determined that after taking a Driving Safety Course, a record of such action is placed upon one's driving record. ...
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Could a prosecutor hint the jury about past dismissed cases?

In Can you present a clear record if you do Driver Safety Course in Texas?, it was determined that after taking a Driving Safety Course, a record of such action is placed upon one's driving record. ...
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Absence for jury summons

I know there are penalties for ignoring the jury summons, but what about missing the summons letter entirely? By missing, I mean not being present for both the initial letter and the actual date of ...
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Can a court judge override a jury decision?

My knowledge of law is minimal, I'm curious about edge cases in the jury/judge dynamic. When can they override each other, interesting situations where decisions that would typically be made by one ...
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Can a potential juror plead the fifth?

I am interested in the law surrounding jurors. During juror selection (voir dire) a potential jurors can be asked questions to determine their suitability to serve on the jury. Is it ever legal for a ...
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How does the law guarantee true disregard by jurors?

How can the court and public guarantee disregard by jurors when they're instructed to do so? I doubt that a verbal instruction suffices, when judges themselves can be biased. What forestalls or ...
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Are US jurors always free to speak about the trial?

In England and Wales, jurors are forbidden to speak to anyone about the trial or their deliberations, even after the trial is finished. In contrast, I've noticed that jurors in the US often give ...
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Are jurors allowed to teach law to one another?

I vaguely recall in the case of Oracle v. Google in regards to Java v. Android that was happening in a district court physically located in San Jose, California, that one of the jurors was familiar ...

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