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Juries and the Transformation of Criminal Justice in France in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
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From their introduction in 1791 as an expression of the sovereignty of the people through the early 1900s, argues Donovan, juries often acted against the wishes of the political and judicial authorities, despite repeated governmental attempts to manipulate their composition. High acquittal rates for both political and nonpolitical crimes were in part due to juror resistance to the harsh and rigid punishments imposed by the Napoleonic Penal Code, Donovan explains.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-21
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  1. Chapter One: THE "PALLADIUM OF LIBERTY": Juries, the Revolution, and Napoleon, 1791–1814
  2. pp. 23-48
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  1. Chapter Two: THE "JURYS CENSITAIRES," 1815–1848
  2. pp. 49-86
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  1. Chapter Three: THE GREAT TURNING POINT: The Juries of the Second Republic and Second Empire, 1848–1870
  2. pp. 87-110
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  1. Chapter Four: THE JURIES OF THE REPUBLIC, 1870–1914
  2. pp. 111-140
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  1. Chapter Five: THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE JURIES, CIRCA 1890–1914
  2. pp. 141-157
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  1. Chapter Six: THE TRIUMPH OF EXPERTS OVER JURORS: Justice in France since World War I
  2. pp. 158-176
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 177-184
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 185-236
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 237-246
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 247-262
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