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A Trial by Jury When Princeton historian D Graham Burnett answered his jury duty summons he expected to spend a few days catching up on his reading in the court waiting room Instead he finds himself thrust into a h

  • Title: A Trial by Jury
  • Author: D. Graham Burnett
  • ISBN: 9780375727511
  • Page: 334
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Trial by Jury By D. Graham Burnett, When Princeton historian D Graham Burnett answered his jury duty summons, he expected to spend a few days catching up on his reading in the court waiting room Instead, he finds himself thrust into a high pressure role as the jury foreman in a Manhattan trial There he comes face to face with a stunning act of violence, a maze of conflicting evidence, and a parade of bizaWhen Princeton historian D Graham Burnett answered his jury duty summons, he expected to spend a few days catching up on his reading in the court waiting room Instead, he finds himself thrust into a high pressure role as the jury foreman in a Manhattan trial There he comes face to face with a stunning act of violence, a maze of conflicting evidence, and a parade of bizarre witnesses But it is later, behind the closed door of the jury room, that he encounters the essence of the jury experience he and eleven citizens from radically different backgrounds must hammer consensus out of confusion and strong disagreement By the time he hands over the jury s verdict, Burnett has undergone real transformation, not just in his attitude toward the legal system, but in his understanding of himself and his peers.Offering a compelling courtroom drama and an intimate and sometimes humorous portrait of a fractious jury, A Trial by Jury is also a finely nuanced examination of law and justice, personal responsibility and civic duty, and the dynamics of power and authority between twelve equal people.

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    1. A trail by Jury is a really interesting book It starts off right away in the story without any rising details It does give a little explanation of the author and what his experience in the area, but it wasn t much at all This book deals with a controversial court case that has you wonder what really, can affect a court Then, it ends with an ending that I personally, was not expecting.One thing that I really liked about this book was how the author, gave his thoughts on everything He always put i [...]

    2. A GREAT GLIMPSE INTO THE AGONIZING DECISION THAT IS A VERDICT AND, OH, THAT OCTAGONAL LOTTERY ROLLER True justice, final justice, absolute justice, belongs to God human justice can only be cautious, not perfect For this reason the burden is so heavy And those of us with doubts must continue to vote not guilty This book really helps you to ponder the very serious nature that is deliberating and reaching a verdict which most of us have not done but very well may be selected to do, at least once, i [...]

    3. Was given this book by a friend A relatively short book giving an inside look at the minds of a jury asked to determine innocence or guilt in a murder trial A very interesting look into the physical and logistical demands of being on a sequestered jury, but so into the psychological demands of the same You came away thinking that the jury deliberations are a very inexact science, that personality differences can certainly play a role, that sometimes jury instructions aren t very helpful Bottom [...]

    4. This book is a quick read, very enjoyable, especially if you have served on a jury His narrative expressed how difficult and inconvenient jury duty can be, but also how rewarding.

    5. The writer is super arrogant, but this was an interesting read I really hope I get the chance to be on a jury someday.

    6. Trials are a retelling, in a string of words a distressing distortion of the cluttered thickness of things as they happen Burnett is a Princeton history professor who writes of his experience as the foreman of a jury for a murder trial He became foreman, when the original foreman just disappeared, just before the deliberations were to begin Burnett considered the experience the most intense sixty six hours hours of jury deliberation the entire experience lasted seventeen days of my life The cas [...]

    7. A Trial By Jury is a nonfiction account of Burnett s own experience serving in the jury of a murder trial It brings up some interesting ideas and is a nice read if you re interested in matters of law and the justice system The idea that merely and incredibly being citizens and alive as people somehow makes us necessary and qualified to judge someone s guilt or innocence is a cornerstone of the criminal justice system in the United States, and yet makes one wonder how that comes about Here, Burne [...]

    8. This book is a nonfiction account of one murder trial, focusing especially on the jury deliberations in which the author took part It is equal parts basic introduction to theories of jurisprudence, dramatic recounting of a murder trial and subsequent jury deliberations, and reflective consideration and criticism of both the jury process and the abstract world of academic life The prose is clean and clear, and even the most densely complex theoretical considerations are explained efficiently It i [...]

    9. I don t believe many contemporary novels deserve a 5 STAR rating Neither should you if you ever read the classics But, D Graham Burnett s A Trial By Jury is one of those rare ones that do, though maybe for its content as opposed to its great writing, which was still very good.First, he tells us the difference between thinkers and the rest of the people thinkers think, they think, they talk about their thoughts, and then they think again the rest of us live in the real world and have to take acti [...]

    10. A memoir of a young academic who s selected to serve as foreman on a jury in an NYC murder case It s a very quick read very economically written and provides a good overview of the limited ability of the jury system to reliably render justice The author discusses his frustration with the limited information none remotely dispositive upon which the jury must base its decision To be sure, the case is a difficult one the accused claims self defense, there were no witnesses to the murder, character [...]

    11. This is the story of one man s experience on a New York state jury Very interesting Real jury stories, I think, are not often shared beyond people s circle of friends and inquiring attorneys from that trial This book is aided by what appears to be an interesting and socially and morally complex trial The narrator comes across as awfully smug, self conscious, and judgmental, but he seems to know it, which mitigates the negative effect At any rate, I d be scared to be on a jury with this guy.I lef [...]

    12. I had to read this for my judicial process class At first I was not sure what to think and I was just going to skim through the book However, as soon as I started I reading I was immediately captured by the author s concise description of the murder itself, the trial, and the jury process Not only is it entertaining, but it also quite informative for those of us that learn better through practical stories It is a great book overall that gives a peak into the historically secretative process of h [...]

    13. This was a book about a people serving on a jury where most of them probably feel the defendant IS guilty But feeling s aren t the arbitrator of the verdict The author is an intelligent writer who takes the reader through the agony of making a decision by the facts and the law, even though it may mean a not guilty verdict, for someone who may be guilty As I was reading this, I was trying to keep an open mind on the facts presented, and even though I had much information than the jury, it was st [...]

    14. This is an account of Burnett s experience on the jury for a murder trial It is not meant to be about the facts of the case, but about how the people on the jury came to their verdict My curiosity left me wanting details of the case, but I understand why the author only included what he did Having served on a jury myself though for a case not nearly as long or serious as this , I found that Burnett s description of the quandary of the juror having to make a judgement without being able to ferre [...]

    15. Probably no one can tell you what it would be like to be a juror on a murder trial Burnett doesn t try His book is good because it gets right to the point of telling you what it was like to be the foreman, as a humanities type professorial poetaster, on the murder trial of Monte Virginia Milcray, accused in the stabbing death of Randolph Cuffee Neither gratuitous not sanitized, Burnett gives a detailed and pointed account of his experience assimilating the evidence, observing the lawyers antics, [...]

    16. Burnet does a great job of introspection and intellectualization of his first hand account of his experience as a juror on a murder trial The rest comes off as a tad lazy This is Burnett s account of the ordeal and Burnett s alone It s heavy on the facts of the case that he could recall, but he admittedly didn t bother verifying his account of events or the case through research or the involvement of others that are part of the story This approach is not without merit, if only Burnett had been a [...]

    17. This was a quick read and I appreciated the insight into jury duty seeing as I have yet to be called And, when I do get called, it is unlikely that I ll be called for a murder trial This author, though coming off a bit elitist at times, wrote non fiction extraordinarily well, making this read so much like a narrative that I got through it in no time He raised some very interesting questions about the law versus justice and what our responsibilities are as citizens.

    18. I gained a new understanding of the power the state has over it s citizens On the other hand, I discoved a hatred of this power We apparantly have no rights as a juror just slaves with a job thrust upon them I write this just after getting a juror questionaire for my county I have very mixed feelings about this endeavor.

    19. I found this book interesting in an intellectual philosophical way I enjoyed hearing the process of how circumstances played into changing or solidifying the minds of jurors and how they came to their conclusion The case is viewed to some degree and I skipped some of the gruesome or unappealing details The portrayal of this juror s experience is well written For mature readers only.

    20. D Graham Burnett is a pompous jerk and if you don t believe me you can read this book and judge for yourself Maybe I just don t like books by smarmy know it alls The premise is interesting enough and the workings and dynamics of the jury room are interesting but the author overwhelms the story with his biases, enormous intellect and ego.

    21. An interesting first person view into being on a jury in New York in 2000 where the crime was murder The author is clearly an academic, as he occasionally weighs in on the place of a jury in our current legal system.

    22. I stumbled upon this book and breezed right through it While this is certainly not a ground breaking piece of literature, the author provides an interesting look into the unique experience of jury duty If you have ever served on one, you will definitely find this book worth the read.

    23. I think the author truly captured the feeling of frustration a juror feels You are never given all the information you need to make the right decision The only case I sat on as a juror was about the lawyers than the defendant A real insight into the workings of a real trial.

    24. Interesting look into jury duty written by someone who was selected to be the foreman on a murder case in NYC I got annoyed during the deliberations piece, in all honesty, but realize the interpretation of law and the heavy responsibility the U.S justice system puts on jurors can be complex.

    25. Yeah, hmmmm Another up and down book Anytime I was thinking I needed to put it down for a bit and have a look at something else, the author would come up with a comment or insight that clicked and I would continue reading.

    26. I enjoyed reading this book It got lots of negative reviews condescending author, etc but I found the author brutally honest even if it didn t always make him look great I understand what he went through as jury foreman.

    27. I think I remember this book being quite interesting to read Just reading the short paragraph about it almost makes me want to read it over again just out of curiosity.

    28. Read for personal research.Overall, a good book for the researcher and enthusiast.I found this book s contents helpful and inspiring number rating relates to the book s contribution to my needs.

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