You Can't Handle the Truth! Trial Juries and Credibility

53 Pages Posted: 16 May 2014

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Renee M. Hutchins

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

Every now and again, we get a look, usually no more than a glimpse, at how the justice system really works. What we see — before the sanitizing curtain is drawn abruptly down — is a process full of human fallibility and error, sometimes noble, more often unfair, rarely evil but frequently unequal.

The central question, vital to our adjudicative model, is: How well can we expect a jury to determine credibility through the ordinary adversary processes of live testimony and vigorous impeachment? The answer, from all I have been able to see is: not very well.

Keywords: criminal law, trials, juries

Suggested Citation

Hutchins, Renee M., You Can't Handle the Truth! Trial Juries and Credibility (2014). Seton Hall Law Review, Vol. 44, 2014, p. 505+, U of Maryland Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2014-24, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2437609

Renee M. Hutchins (Contact Author)

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