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The Ouija board jury incident of 1994 is one of the most disconcerting in English legal history, possibly (says the author) ‘the nadir of reported juror misbehaviour in the 20th-century’. But, as Professor Jeremy Gans shows, in an era of soundbites it has been distorted by the media whilst even eminent lawyers have sometimes got the story wrong. In this first full-length treatment he emphasises the known facts, the constitutional dilemma of investigating even bizarre jury misbehaviour and how the trial involved one of the most serious murder cases of the decade in which two people were shot in cold blood. Stephen Young’s conviction after a re-trial is still claimed to be a miscarriage of justice by some people, as to which Gans puts forward his own ingenious solution.But quite apart from analysing the facts of R v Young, this book is a tour de force on jury misbehaviour in which the author also examines the implications for example of winks and nods, research by jurors, speaking or listening out of turn, going to sleep during the hearing or falling in love with one of the advocates. Amusing at first sight, such events involve deep questions of law, practice and democratic involvement in the Criminal Justice process. Far from being a mere anecdote, the case of the Ouija board jurors, the misconceptions about it and the issues it leads to deserve close study by anyone who is even remotely interested in jury trial.The first full length treatment of an iconic case. Dispels the myths that have built-up around it. Looks at other instances of jury misbehaviour. Shows how the courts and Parliament have wrestled with problems of this kind. A first-rate analysis of a baffling double murder.






The Ouija board jury incident of 1994 is one of the most disconcerting in English legal history, possibly (says the author) ‘the nadir of reported juror misbehaviour in the 20th-century’. But, as Professor Jeremy Gans shows, in an era of soundbites it has been distorted by the media whilst even eminent lawyers have sometimes got the story wrong. In this first full-length treatment he emphasises the known facts, the constitutional dilemma of investigating even bizarre jury misbehaviour and how the trial involved one of the most serious murder cases of the decade in which two people were shot in cold blood. Stephen Young’s conviction after a re-trial is still claimed to be a miscarriage of justice by some people, as to which Gans puts forward his own ingenious solution.But quite apart from analysing the facts of R v Young, this book is a tour de force on jury misbehaviour in which the author also examines the implications for example of winks and nods, research by jurors, speaking or listening out of turn, going to sleep during the hearing or falling in love with one of the advocates. Amusing at first sight, such events involve deep questions of law, practice and democratic involvement in the Criminal Justice process. Far from being a mere anecdote, the case of the Ouija board jurors, the misconceptions about it and the issues it leads to deserve close study by anyone who is even remotely interested in jury trial.The first full length treatment of an iconic case. Dispels the myths that have built-up around it. Looks at other instances of jury misbehaviour. Shows how the courts and Parliament have wrestled with problems of this kind. A first-rate analysis of a baffling double murder.


The paper reported that a member of the jury claimed four other members of the jury had tried to reach the spirits of the dead victims using a makeshift. The following is an edited extract from University of Melbourne Professor Jeremy Gans book The Ouija Board Jurors Mystery Mischief and Misery in the Jury System. Jeremy Gans The Ouija Board Jurors Mystery Mischief and Misery in the Jury System Waterside Press 2017. PenryDavey said the ouija board consultation which was reported by a newspaper after Youngs conviction meant the jurors did not stick to the facts presented at the trial when deciding their verdict. Buy a discounted Paperback of The .


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Ouija board jurors exposed giving rise to new trial. Attempting to communicate with the spirits of the victims the jurors wound up with Harry being spelled out by the board and later vote guilty tomorrow. The trial which lasted five weeks found English insurance broker Stephen Young guilty of the gruesome double murder of Harry and Nicola Fuller at their home in East Sussex. The Ouija board jury incident of 1994 is one of the most disconcerting in English legal history possibly says the author the nadir of reported juror misbehaviour in the 20thcentury. Authentic Ouija boards are known to practitioners as the aforementioned spirit or talking boards. Advertisement The jury deliberated less than three hours and recommended that Avsenew 33 be put to death for the murders of Kevin Powell and Stephen Adams. My book the Ouija Board Jurors can be ordered at bookstores it takes 24 hours even in Australia where it is printed locally or through . While researching the Ouija board trial for his book The Ouija Board Jurors Mystery Mischief and Misery in the Jury Room University of Melbourne criminal law professor Jeremy Gans discovered the seance jurors were not the first group to hear the prosecutors evidence. His work explores in detail how the jury system initially faltered but ultimately succeeded in delivering justice in. This Ouija board jury incident of 1994 is one of the most disconcerting in English legal history possibly says the author the nadir of reported juror .


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