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Resource ID: #18241
Subject: Courts
Source: ABA Journal
Affiliation: 
Date: August

Description

ABA Journal reports on " growing trend among jurors to use their power to demand societal changes that reach far beyond the specific case in which they are involved." The story points to ten cases throughout the country, in which jurors issued "megabuck" verdicts that they believed would solve public policy questions. The report cites some defenders' complaints that juries are the least informed and the least qualified bodies to make decisions that put giant corporations out of business. The article includes the results from a study by the Dallas Morning News and the Souther Methodist University Law Review, which has identified more that 250 cases in which jury verdicts indeed led to some change.

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