Beyond Law and Fact: Jury Evaluation of Law Enforcement

October 27, 2016

This article explores a common phenomenon in criminal cases: jury evaluation of law enforcement. It describes the processes by which litigants seek and offer, and juries assess, evidence pertinent to evaluating law enforcement; assesses the historical development of the phenomenon; and argues that courts (and the justice system more broadly) should accept and accommodate this function of criminal trials, within limits.