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Why do jury verdicts have to be unanimous?

And why do verdicts have to be binary–i.e. either “guilty” or “not guilty”? What if jurors were allowed instead to rate or score the plaintiff’s case, just like people rate movies or restaurants. In our most recent working paper, Why … Continue reading

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Prosecution Bias?

Originally posted on Cheap Talk:
Why are conditional probabilities so rarely used in court, and sometimes even prohibited?  Here’s one more good reason:  prosecution bias. Suppose that a piece of evidence X is correlated with guilt.  The prosecutor might say,…

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What do juries maximize?

The great legal scholar Richard Posner once famously asked, “What do judges maximize?” Given all the publicity surrounding the “not guilty” verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin, I would ask a different question, … Continue reading

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