A Perverse Incentive to Not Vote?

From a reader named Kyle Gregory:

I decided about a year ago that I am not going to vote and happened to find a neat little trick for those of us who take this stance.
I'm not sure about other states, but in Virginia, jury duty is determined by voter registration. I moved a couple of years ago, but never changed my voter registration since I didn't plan on voting. I recently received notification of jury duty at my parents' address where I am still registered to vote. The notification form has a section to fill out stating that you have not lived in that county in the past 6 months, which automatically disqualifies you from jury duty! So, as long as I do not want to vote, I am also exempt from having to do jury duty!

Are Older Jurors More Likely to Convict?

A fair trial is harder to come by than you might think. A few years ago, we wrote about a paper (ungated version here) by Shamena AnwarPatrick Bayer, and Randi Hjalmarsson which found that "all-white juries acquit whites more often and are less favorable to black versus white defendants when compared to juries with at least one black member.” 

Now, a new working paper by the same trio has more bad news.

So Greg Mankiw Walks Into a Jury Box …

... and five minutes later, is sent home. You get the sense that maybe his feelings are a little hurt: the only thing the lawyers knew about him was his being a Harvard economics professor. What's wrong with that?

Will Obama Reduce the Chance That You Are Called for Jury Duty?

Photo: Tom Lemo One of the changes that the “Yes We Can” movement has already wrought is a substantial increase in voter registration — particularly in swing states. In Virginia, for example, the number of registered voters increased by almost 10 percent. Since voter-registration lists are also used to construct juror lists, a possible benefit […]

Juror Unanimity Isn’t Necessarily a Great Thing: A Guest Post

Thanks for putting up with my quirky intellectual agenda of friendship and the law in the last two posts. For my final post, I thought I would highlight a more traditional area of my legal research: the jury. There is something quirky at play here too: the U.S. is one of the few democracies around […]