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Wed May 2, 2012

The American Judicial System: Is It Abusing Potential Jurors?

Yes, according to Melanie Wilson, KU School of Law professor and associate dean.  And, she adds, it's so invasive and privacy invading that many jurors are tempted to lie during the selection process.

Wilson thinks we need to change the way juries are selected to take pressure off of citizens while maintaining the right to a fair jury and trial. She wants a system that would allow potential jurors to remove themselves, and not go through extensive questioning, if the trial hits too close to home.

Have you ever been called to jury duty? Did you feel like the process was too invasive?

Melanie Wilson is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law, where she served on the Law Review. Before turning to law teaching, Wilson served as an assistant United States attorney in the Northern District of Georgia and, prior to that, in the Middle District of Georgia. She also served as law clerk to Richard Freeman, United States District Court Judge, Northern District of Georgia. She joined the KU Law faculty in 2007.

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