A petit jury also known as a trial jury is the standard type of jury used in criminal cases in the united states petit juries are responsible for deciding whether or not a defendant is guilty of violating the law in a specific case they consist of 6 12 people and their deliberations are private. The american jury the result of extensive research of criminal jury trials under a ford foundation grant is based upon 3576 trial questionnaires filled out by 55 trial judges throughout the united states the trial judges were asked how the jury decided a case how they. For the american jury 1966 a classic survey of some 7000 jury trials by harry kalven and hans zeisel presiding judges were requested to reveal how they would have decided without a jury the results of the survey provided some major insights into the actual performance. In this important and accessible book a prominent expert on constitutional law examines these and other issues concerning the american jury system randolph n jonakait describes the historical and social pressures that have driven the development of the jury system contrasts the american jury system to the legal process in other countries reveals subtle changes in the popular view of
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