The Atlantic magazine has an article by Professor Ferguson examining the role of the jury in the George Zimmerman trial. As most are aware, George Zimmerman is on trial for the death of Trayvon Martin. Prior posts about this case can be found here and here. Professor Ferguson, who has previously published articles on juries, writes that:
Many times it is just not possible to find out what really happened.
That's why we have juries. In fact, while emotionally unsatisfying, the burdens
of proof are supposed to lessen the burden of judgment for jurors. Instead of
being weighted with the sometimes-impossible task of figuring out what really
happened, jurors are asked only to measure the evidence produced against the
standard of proof...
To read Professor Ferguson's article in full go here.