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The Death of the American Trial$
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Robert P. Burns

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226081267

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226081281.001.0001

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Inside the Contemporary Trial

Inside the Contemporary Trial

(p.8) Chapter One Inside the Contemporary Trial
The Death of the American Trial
University of Chicago Press

This chapter, which provides an account of contemporary trials and what is actually achieved in trials in the United States, shows that the trial combines high levels of participation with high levels of formality and explains why this combination makes sense. It also examines why so many of those who know the most about American trials hold them in such high regard and analyzes the place of the trial in the American experience.

Keywords:   contemporary trial, United States, formality, American trials, American experience

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