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The Death of the American Trial

Robert P. Burns


This book makes a case for reversing the rapid decline of the trial before we lose one of our public culture's greatest achievements. As a practice that is adapted for modern times yet rooted in ancient wisdom, the trial is uniquely suited to balance the tensions—between idealism and realism, experts and citizens, contextual judgment and reliance on rules—that define American culture. Arguing that many observers make a grave mistake by taking a complacent or even positive view of the trial's demise, the author concludes by laying out the catastrophic consequences of losing an institution that ... More

Keywords: America, trial, judgment, rules, democratic governance, American culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226081267
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226081281.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert P. Burns, author