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How America Tolerates Racism In Jury Selection, Larry D. Thompson Oct 2015

How America Tolerates Racism In Jury Selection, Larry D. Thompson

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This Op-ed by Professor Larry Thompson appeared in the New York Times on October 30, 2015. Professor Thompson discusses the case, Foster v. Chatman, which will be heard by the Supreme Court on November 2, 2015. In this case, the Court will decide whether the exclusion of jurors intended to unconstitutionally influence the jury’s racial make-up in a capital murder case in Georgia.


The Jury's Constitutional Judgment, Nathan Chapman Jan 2015

The Jury's Constitutional Judgment, Nathan Chapman

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Despite the early American jury’s near-mythical role as a check on overreaching government agents, the contemporary jury’s role in constitutional adjudication remains opaque. Should the jury have the right to nullify criminal statutes on constitutional grounds? Should the jury apply constitutional doctrine in civil rights suits against government officers? Should courts of appeals defer to the jury’s application of constitutional law, or review it de novo?

This Article offers the first holistic analysis of the jury’s role in constitutional adjudication. It argues that the Constitution’s text, history, and structure strongly support the jury’s authority ...