The Jury System in a Free Society


The jury system is central to Anglo-American thinking about the protection of individual liberty. The aim of the conference was to explore the role trial by jury plays in a society of free and responsible individuals, and to include a historical overview of the jury process, current controversies, and the proper standard for measuring procedural success.


Conference Readings

Carey, George W. and James McClellan, eds. The Federalist, Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2001.

People v. Kriho, 97CA0700 na (Colorado Court of Appeals April 29, 1999 (as modified Sept. 2, 1999)).

Twelve Angry Men. Directed by Sidney Lumet. MGM: New York, 1957. DVD.

Runaway Jury. Directed by Gary Fleder. 20th Century Fox: Louisiana, 2003. DVD.

To Kill a Mockingbird. Directed by Robert Mulligan. Universal Studios: Alabama and California, 1962. DVD.

Abramson, Jeffrey. We, the Jury: The Jury System and the Ideal of Democracy. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2000.

Allen, Danielle S. “Punishment in Ancient Athens.” The Stoa Consortium. (access date March 17, 2010).

Bers, Victor and Adriaan Lanni. “An Introduction to the Athenian Legal System.” The Stoa Consortium. (access date March 17, 2010).

Langbein, John. "On the Myth of Written Constitutions: The Disappearance of Criminal Jury Trial." Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy 15 (Winter 1992): 119-128.

Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. New York: Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2006.

Miller, Eugene F. “A Brief Narrative of the Case and Trial of John Peter Zenger.” Liberty Fund, Inc. (access date November 10, 2010).

Plato. The Dialogues of Plato. Translated by Benjamin Jowett. London: Oxford University Press, 1892.

Spooner, Lysander. An Essay on the Trial by Jury. Boston: John P. Jewett and Company, 1852.

Storing, Herbert J. The Complete Anti-Federalist. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.

Tocqueville, Alexis de. Democracy in America: (Bilingual Edition). Edited by Eduardo Nolla. Translated by James T. Schleifer. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2010.

Xenophon. The Apology of Socrates. Translated by H.G. Dakyns. WorldWideWeb (ebook publication): Project Gutenberg, 2008.