Friday, July 12, 2013

Role of the Jury in the George Zimmerman Trial

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.

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