27 T. M. Cooley L. Rev. 539 (2010)
Across the 49th Parallel: A Historical and Comparative Overview and Analysis of some Similarities and Differences between the Untied States and Canada Relative to Juries in Criminal Trials

handle is hein.journals/tmclr27 and id is 545 raw text is: ACROSS THE 49TH PARALLEL: A HISTORICAL
AND COMPARATIVE OVERVIEW AND ANALYSIS
OF SOME SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES
BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA
RELATIVE TO JURIES IN CRIMINAL TRIALS
N. PIETER M. O'LEARY*
ABSTRACT
The criminal trial of Canadian media tycoon Conrad Black mesmerized
many Canadians following the Chicago trial. It also did much to highlight
some of the similarities and differences between the Canadian and
American criminal justices systems with respect to procedure, jury
selection, rules of evidence, courtroom etiquette, and sentencing. The
following Article provides a historical and analytical overview of some of
the similarities and differences between Canada and the United States
relative to juries in criminal trials by addressing topics such as jury
selection, jury sequestration, the impact of the media, and the jury
consultant industry. Where possible, the Article provides a brief historical
overview of the reasoning for the similarities and differences that exist
between the two countries despite the common British legal heritage they
share.
* J.D., California Western School of Law; M.A., Pepperdine University; B.A.,
Wilfrid Laurier University. The Author wishes to thank the research librarians in
the Osgoode Hall Law School Library in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, as well as the
various criminal attorneys in both Canada and the United States who provided input
and encouragement.

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