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Juries and the Transformation of Criminal Justice in France in the Nineteenth & Twentieth Centuries (Studies in Legal History)

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James Donovan takes a comprehensive approach to the history of the jury in modern France by investigating the legal, political, sociocultural, and intellectual aspects of jury trial from the Revolution through the twentieth century. He demonstrates that these juries, through their decisions, helped shape reform of the nation's criminal justice system.&9;

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From their introduction in 1791 as an expression of the sovereignty of the people through the early 1900s, argues Donovan, juries often acted against the wishes of the political and judicial authorities, despite repeated governmental attempts to manipulate their composition. High acquittal rates for both political and nonpolitical crimes were in part due to juror resistance to the harsh and rigid punishments imposed by the Napoleonic Penal Code, Donovan explains.

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Synopsis:

Donovan takes a comprehensive approach to the history of the jury in modern France by investigating the legal, political, sociocultural, and intellectual aspects of jury trial from the Revolution through the 20th century. Challenging the contention of modern historians that the generally bourgeois jurors of 19th-century France usually rendered verdicts in keeping with class justice, Donovan demonstrates that these juries, through their decisions, helped shape reform of the nation's criminal justice system.

About the Author

James M. Donovan is associate professor of history at Pennsylvania State University at Mont Alto.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807833636
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Subject:
Criminal justice, administration of
Author:
Donovan, James M.
Subject:
Jury -- France -- History.
Subject:
Criminal Law - General
Subject:
Legal History
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
France; modern France; jury; jury nullification; jury history; jury France; jury trial; twentieth century; French criminal justice; French jury system; Napoleonic Penal Code; penalities; French Revolution; legal history; punishment; moral proofs;
Subject:
France
Subject:
modern France
Subject:
Jury
Subject:
Jury nullification
Subject:
Jury -- History.
Subject:
jury France
Subject:
jury trial
Subject:
Twentieth century
Subject:
French criminal justice
Subject:
French jury system
Subject:
Napoleonic Penal Code
Subject:
penalities
Subject:
French revolution
Subject:
Punishment
Subject:
moral proofs
Subject:
Law : General
Subject:
French jury sys
Subject:
Tem
Subject:
French
Subject:
Revolution
Subject:
Ju
Subject:
ry history
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Studies in Legal History
Publication Date:
20100231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 tables
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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"Synopsis" by , Donovan takes a comprehensive approach to the history of the jury in modern France by investigating the legal, political, sociocultural, and intellectual aspects of jury trial from the Revolution through the 20th century. Challenging the contention of modern historians that the generally bourgeois jurors of 19th-century France usually rendered verdicts in keeping with class justice, Donovan demonstrates that these juries, through their decisions, helped shape reform of the nation's criminal justice system.

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