39 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2011 Last revised: 22 Dec 2011
Date Written: 2010
Data collected in four jurisdictions by the National Center for State Courts allows us to examine the question of judge and jury disagreement about guilt through a consideration of the views of jurors as well as judges. Using this data, we test in a modern context the hypothesis that the jury's embrace of values -- as opposed to its different assessment of the evidence -- explains why juries acquit when judges would convict. We find that legal and extralegal factors affect both judge and jury decisions about guilt, that both sets of factors predict disagreement in different contexts, and the pattern of agreement versus disagreement is more complex than suggested by the liberation hypothesis.
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Farrell, Amy S. and Givelber, Daniel, Liberation Reconsidered: Understanding Why Judges and Juries Disagree about Guilt (2010). The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Vol. 100, No. 4, pp. 1549-1586, Fall 2010; Northeastern University School of Law Research Paper No. 67-2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1973117