A Trial by Jury by D. Graham Burnett

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...a compact book of reportage which plays as a courtroom drama, a philosophical treatise, and an engaging self-examination.
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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 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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About D. Graham Burnett

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D. Graham Burnett is professor of history and history of science at Princeton University, where he teaches in the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities, and directs graduate studies in the Program in History of Science. He is an editor at Cabinet magazine and the author of four books.
 
Published January 22, 2002 by Vintage. 208 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy, Crime, Professional & Technical, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Noel Murray on Apr 19 2002

...a compact book of reportage which plays as a courtroom drama, a philosophical treatise, and an engaging self-examination.

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