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A Trial by Jury

D. Graham Burnett

Jury duty happens to everyone. When the call came to Graham Burnett, a young historian, he had a shock in store. A Trial by Jury is his startling account of how performing this familiar civic duty challenged him in ways he never thought possible and turned into one of the most consuming experiences of his life. Burnett begins with the story of the trial: a body with multiple stab wounds found in a New York apartment, intimations of cross-dressing, male prostitution, mistaken identity. And then, the unexpected drama: Burnett finds himself appointed the foreman, with the responsibility of leading the increasingly frenetic deliberations within the black box of the jury room. Soon he is sequestered-which is to say marooned-with eleven others, a group of people who view their task, and often one another, with palpable distaste. Among his colleagues: a vacuum-cleaner repairman cum urban missionary, a young actress, and a man apparently floundering in a borderland between real life and daytime television. As Burnett steers the contentious politics of their temporary no-exit society toward the verdict, he undergoes an unexpected awakening. Having been plucked from his cozy nest in the world of books and ideas and then plunged into the netherworld of lurid crime, he learns the limits of what intellect alone can accomplish in the real world. Above all, Burnett discovers firsthand the terrifying ultimate power of the state and the agonies of being asked to do justice within the rigid dictates of the law. Part true crime, part political treatise, part contemplation of right, wrong, and the power of words, A Trial by Jury is a mesmerizing narrative of one man's encounter with crime and punishment, American style. It profoundly affects one's sense of the privileges-and the perils-of citizenship. From the Hardcover edition.

Jury duty happens to everyone. When the call came to Graham Burnett, a young historian, he had a shock in store. A Trial by Jury is his startling account of how performing this familiar civic duty challenged him in ways he never thought possible and turned into one of the most consuming experiences of his life. Burnett begins with the story of the trial: a body with multiple stab wounds found in a New York apartment, intimations of cross-dressing, male prostitution, mistaken identity. And then, the unexpected drama: Burnett finds himself appointed the foreman, with the responsibility of leading the increasingly frenetic deliberations within the black box of the jury room. Soon he is sequestered-which is to say marooned-with eleven others, a group of people who view their task, and often one another, with palpable distaste. Among his colleagues: a vacuum-cleaner repairman cum urban missionary, a young actress, and a man apparently floundering in a borderland between real life and daytime television. As Burnett steers the contentious politics of their temporary no-exit society toward the verdict, he undergoes an unexpected awakening. Having been plucked from his cozy nest in the world of books and ideas and then plunged into the netherworld of lurid crime, he learns the limits of what intellect alone can accomplish in the real world. Above all, Burnett discovers firsthand the terrifying ultimate power of the state and the agonies of being asked to do justice within the rigid dictates of the law. Part true crime, part political treatise, part contemplation of right, wrong, and the power of words, A Trial by Jury is a mesmerizing narrative of one man's encounter with crime and punishment, American style. It profoundly affects one's sense of the privileges-and the perils-of citizenship. From the Hardcover edition.
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Jury duty happens to everyone. When the call came to Graham Burnett, a young historian, he had a shock in store. A Trial by Jury is his startling account of how performing this familiar civic duty challenged him in ways he never thought possible and turned into one of the most consuming experiences of his life. Burnett begins with the story of the trial: a body with multiple stab wounds found in a New York apartment, intimations of cross-dressing, male prostitution, mistaken identity. And then, the unexpected drama: Burnett finds himself appointed the foreman, with the responsibility of leading the increasingly frenetic deliberations within the black box of the jury room. Soon he is sequestered-which is to say marooned-with eleven others, a group of people who view their task, and often one another, with palpable distaste. Among his colleagues: a vacuum-cleaner repairman cum urban missionary, a young actress, and a man apparently floundering in a borderland between real life and daytime television. As Burnett steers the contentious politics of their temporary no-exit society toward the verdict, he undergoes an unexpected awakening. Having been plucked from his cozy nest in the world of books and ideas and then plunged into the netherworld of lurid crime, he learns the limits of what intellect alone can accomplish in the real world. Above all, Burnett discovers firsthand the terrifying ultimate power of the state and the agonies of being asked to do justice within the rigid dictates of the law. Part true crime, part political treatise, part contemplation of right, wrong, and the power of words, A Trial by Jury is a mesmerizing narrative of one man's encounter with crime and punishment, American style. It profoundly affects one's sense of the privileges-and the perils-of citizenship. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Length:

5h 23m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

08:48


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:36


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:07


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:08


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:21


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:33


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:51


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:20


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:47


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:08


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:14


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:46


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:51


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:36


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:19


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

09:11


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

10:32


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

09:01


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:36


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:20


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:58


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:56


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:24


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:24


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:19


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:04


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:29


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

09:03


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:30


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:55


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:32


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:53


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:15


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

09:17


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:45


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:50


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:29


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:03


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:14


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:31


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:11


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:44


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:26


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

00:37