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a body of citizens sworn to give a true verdict according to the evidence presented in a court of law

a committee appointed to judge a competition

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You said rights," said Sergey Ivanovitch, waiting till Pestsov had finished, "meaning the right of sitting on juries, of voting, of presiding at official meetings, the right of entering the civil service, of sitting in parliament.
The criminal court was sitting, and was at that moment trying some criminals for horse-stealing: with whom it would most likely go hard: for live stock of all kinds being necessarily very much exposed in the woods, is held by the community in rather higher value than human life; and for this reason, juries generally make a point of finding all men indicted for cattle-stealing, guilty, whether or no.
You know from your experience of juries (I mean no disparagement to you, or them) how much depends upon effect; and you are apt to attribute to others, a desire to use, for purposes of deception and Self-interest, the very instruments which you, in pure honesty and honour of purpose, and with a laudable desire to do your utmost for your client, know the temper and worth of so well, from constantly employing them yourselves.
The Supreme Court ruling sends a message to the lower courts that juries, not judges, must determine facts that justify harsher prison sentences.
Yvernes was right: the seemingly erratic verdicts of the juries meant that the law was not applied equitably to all defendants.
It also includes coverage of the American criminal jury system, jury representativeness, death penalty judgments, DNA, an analysis of jury size, hung juries, jury instruction on damage awards, punitive damages, jury competence, story-mediated models of jury decision making in civil litigation, case studies of pre- and mid-trial prejudice in criminal and civil litigation, and the jury deliberation process.
Tim Cavanaugh was spot on in calling his diatribe against juries a rant ("Run Away, Jury
To help students understand how the jury system works and why juries are increasingly the subject of public and media scrutiny.
The story was full of tales claiming to illustrate Americans' overarching sense of legal entitlement and desire to "win a jackpot from a system that allows sympathetic juries to award plaintiffs not just real damages .
These disappointments have serious consequences--they translate into mixed-up jurors, dead-locked juries, or acquittals.
Race has nothing to do with the manner in which we pick juries," he said.
But our Canadian juries are in the news today, with yet another juror now getting to know an accused personally, this time after the fact.
Critics of joint and several liability have pointed out that juries, in attempting to compensate plaintiffs in cases like this one, sometimes unfairly burden "deep-pocketed" accounting firm defendants with a greater share of damages than they caused, simply because they are better able to pay for it than their often bankrupt codefendants, who committed the fraud.