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Criminal Juries in the 21st Century: Psychological Science and the Law

Cynthia Najdowski and Margaret Stevenson


The jury is often celebrated as an important symbol of American democracy. Yet much has changed since 1791 when the Sixth Amendment guaranteed all citizens the right to a jury trial in criminal prosecutions. Psychological and legal scholars have empirically evaluated many claims about the strengths and limitations of the jury system. Now, scientific attention is focusing on new challenges that contemporary juries face. The authors of the chapters in this volume consider myriad legal issues that arise when jurors decide criminal cases while reviewing cutting-edge psychological research and ways ... More

Keywords: jury, decision-making, jury decision-making, juror decision-making, attitudes, technology, emotion, psychology

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190658113
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190658113.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cynthia Najdowski, editor
Assistant Professor, School of Criminal Justice, University at Albany

Margaret Stevenson, editor
Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Evansville

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1 Criminal Juries in the 21st Century

Margaret C. Stevenson and Cynthia J. Najdowski

Part I Societal Changes in Attitudes: Implications for Jury Selection and Decision-Making

2 Jury Selection in the Post-Batson Era

Barbara O’Brien and Catherine M. Grosso

3 Diminishing Support for the Death Penalty

Amelia Courtney Hritz, Caisa Elizabeth Royer, and Valerie P. Hans

4 LGBTQ in the Courtroom

Jordan Blair Woods

5 Implicit Jury Bias

Anna Roberts

Part II Technological Changes and Challenges: New Sources of Influence on Jurors’ Decisions

9 The Psychology of Surveillance and Sousveillance Video Evidence

Neal R. Feigenson and Christina O. Spiesel

11 Neuroscience and Jury Decision-Making

Shelby Hunter, N. J. Schweitzer, and Jillian M. Ware

Part III Emotion and the Contemporary Jury

13 How Does Jury Service Affect 21st-Century Jurors?

Sarah A. Trescher, Monica K. Miller, and Brian H. Bornstein

Part IV Conclusion