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You Can\u27t Handle the Truth! Trial Juries and Credibility

By Renée M. Hutchins


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

Topics: criminal law, trials, juries, Criminal Procedure
Publisher: DigitalCommons@UM Carey Law
Year: 2014
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