The American jury examines the distinctively American
ideal of citizen participation in the judicial process and the practical
problems that arise when some of society’s most momentous decisions are
entrusted to an ad hoc group of ordinary citizens. Considers, among other topics, whether jury
trials provide a sound method for establishing the truth; whether politics,
economics and publicity influence jury trials; whether juries should acquit
offenders to nullify laws; whether current sixth amendment case law adequately
protects against biased selection of jurors.