Jurors are supposed to: be impartial, consider only the evidence, consider all the evidence, and follow the law. So much for theory.
Jury Nullification: Cause and Effect
Jurors are supposed to follow the law, but sometimes don't. Learn why they don't, and what the result is.
External Influences on Juries
Jury tampering is a crime that occurs when people improperly influence jurors. Jurors can also be improperly influenced—sometimes by their own doing—without anyone committing a crime.
When Jurors Sleep or Don't Pay Attention
You wouldn’t know it from watching TV, but courtrooms aren’t always exciting.
If Jurors Cannot Agree, Will the Judge Force Them to Reach a Verdict?
Judges can generally encourage—but not force—criminal juries to render judgment.
Should I turn down a good plea bargain and hope for jury nullification?
Defendants who rely on jury nullification are usually disappointed. Jurors almost always limit their deliberations to whether the defendant committed the charged crime.
Does a jury have the power to find me not guilty no matter how strong the evidence is?