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Why jury duty matters : a citizen's guide to constitutional action

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Kirtland Community College Library KF 8972 .F47 2013 30775305464902 General Collection Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780814729021 (cloth : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 0814729029 (cloth : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 9780814729038 (pbk. : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 0814729037 (pbk. : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 9780814729045 (ebook)
  • ISBN: 0814729045 (ebook)
  • ISBN: 9780814729052 (ebook)
  • ISBN: 0814729053 (ebook)
  • Physical Description: print
    xvii, 234 p. : illustrations ; 22 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : New York University Press, [2013]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 165-196) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: An invitation to participation -- Selecting fairness -- Choosing equality -- Connecting to the common good -- Living liberty -- Deciding through deliberation -- Protecting a dissenting voice -- Judging accountability.
Summary, etc.: "It's easy to forget how important the jury really is to America. The right to be a juror is one of the fundamental rights guaranteed to all eligible citizens. The right to trial by jury helped spark the American Revolution, was quickly adopted at the Constitutional Convention, and is the only right that appears in both the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. But for most of us, a jury summons is an unwelcome inconvenience. Who has time for jury duty? We have things to do. In Why Jury Duty Matters, Andrew Guthrie Ferguson reminds us that whether we like it or not, we are all constitutional actors. Jury duty provides an opportunity to reflect on that constitutional responsibility. Combining American history, constitutional law, and personal experience, the book engages citizens in the deeper meaning of jury service. Interweaving constitutional principles into the actual jury experience, this book is a handbook for those Americans who want to enrich the jury experience. It seeks to reconnect ordinary citizens to the constitutional character of a nation by focusing on the important, and largely ignored, democratic lessons of the jury. Jury duty is a shared American tradition. It connects people across class and race, creates habits of focus and purpose, and teaches values of participation, equality, and deliberation. We know that juries are important for courts, but we don't know that jury service is important for democracy. This book inspires us to re-examine the jury experience and act on the constitutional principles that guide our country before, during, and after jury service"--Provided by publisher.
Subject: Jury duty United States

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Former public defender Ferguson (law, Univ. of the District of Columbia; coauthor, Youth Justice in America) offers an inspiring perspective on jury duty. Using a combination of personal narrative, political science, and American history, he moves beyond the simple argument that jury duty is a civic responsibility and something to be endured for the good of the justice system. Instead, Ferguson situates jury duty as an opportunity for citizens to exercise foundational American values such as fairness, equality, participation, deliberation, and liberty. Jury duty brings together people from different races and different classes on equal footing. He explains that through service on a jury, a person can practice skills that are valuable for citizenship. VERDICT Ferguson presents a new kind of handbook for potential jurors. Accessible and easy to read, the book is written for the average citizen who might be called to serve on a jury.-Rachel Bridgewater, Portland Community Coll. Lib., OR (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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To most Americans, participating in the governing system means voting; but when it comes to jury duty, most Americans dread the summons to participate in a key democratic component of the political system. Ferguson (David A. Clarke School of Law, Univ. of the District of Columbia) relates the common values and history of jury duty in a personal and scholarly approach, and at the same time argues for more citizen understanding and engagement in a little understood but critical component of the democratic republic. By relating jury duty to core values of American democracy, Ferguson presents a thorough overview of the value of citizen participation in the judicial system. All along, Ferguson weaves constitutional principles, such as fairness, equality, the common good, and judicial accountability, into a polemic for citizen awareness and engagement, especially by using specific cases and events that present a comprehensive understanding of the judicial process. While students and scholars may find the information basic at times, Ferguson seeks to capture the attention of a broader audience, and does so through a personal and scholarly approach that is adequate to understanding the judicial, and more broadly, constitutional system of self-governance. Summing Up: Recommended. All readership levels. J. Michael Bitzer Catawba College

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Jury duty is a phrase sure to elicit eye rolls and groans from those summoned to service. Still, it remains one of our most important roles to fulfill as citizens and a right that people have valued since the middle ages. Ferguson, a veteran lawyer and law professor, outlines the importance of the jury in the legal system, how the right to trial by jury helped push the American Revolution forward, and how civil rights advances that created a more balanced jury pool have resulted in fairer trials for all. The subject of jury duty is a dry one and while Ferguson does his best to elevate the topic, he can't make it a compelling one unless the reader is already actively interested in the jury portion of the legal process. While the book is definitely written for laypeople in terms of prose style, it requires an enthusiastic ear. Though this book will lose the attention of most readers, the dedicated and wonk-minded will learn a great deal about our legal system. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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