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Not GuiltyAre the Acquitted Innocent?$
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Daniel Givelber and Amy Farrell

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814732175

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814732175.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Invisible Innocence

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Source:
Not Guilty
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Daniel Givelber

Amy Farrell

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814732175.003.0001

This introductory chapter provides an overview of people's understanding of acquittals. One of the sources of this understanding comes from a study of nearly four thousand mid-twentieth-century criminal jury trials by University of Chicago law professors Harry Kalven and Han Zeisel—considered the seminal study of judge-jury decision making—and a handful of studies conducted to attempt to replicate its conclusions. Although Kalven and Zeisel provided an in-depth analysis of the trial judge's explanation for the reasons why the jury acquitted when the judge would have convicted, they were not able to provide any direct information about what the people who decided the case—the jurors themselves—thought or believed.

Keywords:   acquittals, criminal jury trials, Harry Kalven, Han Zeisel, judge-jury decision making

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