Jury deliberation

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In the United States, citizen juries gather to determine the fate of defendants who have been tried in civil or criminal courts. By law (with a few exceptions), a jury deliberation is not observable by anyone not seated on that jury. As with all mysteries, there are those who claim to do better than chance when predicting a jury verdict. This article pertains to the use of computer simulation (as an adjunct to human intuition) to make certain kinds of predictions that relate to the outcome of the small-group decision-process that is jury deliberation.


Lieberman, JD and BD Sales (2007). Scientific Jury Selection. American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.