Eleven angry men

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Littlejohn, Clayton. (2021). Eleven angry men. Philosophical issues. 31(1), pp. 227-239. https://doi.org/10.1111/phis.12197
AuthorsLittlejohn, Clayton
Abstract

While many of us would not want to abandon the requirement that a defendant can only be found guilty of a serious criminal offence by a unanimous jury, we should not expect epistemology to give us the resources we need for justifying this requirement. The doubts that might prevent jurors from reaching unanimity do not show that, say, the BARD standard has not been met. Even if it were true, as some have suggested, that rationality requires that a jury composed of epistemic peers should coalesce around one view about the defendant's guilt, the failure to reach unanimity might be a good reason to worry about the epistemic failings of some small number of jurors but no reason to worry that we've failed to protect the defendant from an unjustified imposition of, say, the risk against wrongful conviction. The arguments for the unanimity requirement will need to come from outside of epistemology.

Year2021
JournalPhilosophical issues
Journal citation31 (1), pp. 227-239
PublisherWiley
ISSN1533-6077
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/phis.12197
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85116728760
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