The Missing American Jury : Restoring the Fundamental Constitutional Role of the Criminal, Civil, and Grand Juries
Thomas, Suja A.
Cambridge Univ Pr 2016/06
232 p. 24 cm
Choice Reviews 2017 January ,LJ Reviews 2016 June #1
Over time, despite their significant presence in the Constitution, juries have been robbed of their power by the federal government and the states. This book explores how the jury's authority has been taken and how it can be restored to its rightful, co-equal position as a 'branch' of government.
Criminal, civil, and grand juries have disappeared. The book explores why juries have declined in power from their robust English origins, how the federal government and the states have taken the jury's authority and why the jury should be recognized as a co-equal, 'branch' of government.
Table of Contents
1. The missing American jury: an introduction; Part I. The Jury Now: 2. The fall of the criminal, civil, and grand juries and the rise of the executive, the legislature, the judiciary, and the states; 3. The missing branch; Part II. The Future Jury: 4. Interpreting jury authority; 5. Restoring the jury; 6. Beyond the constitution: affirming a role for lay jurors in America's government and world-wide; 7. A branch among equals in American democracy: a conclusion.