Controlling Jury Composition in Nineteenth-Century Ireland

  title={Controlling Jury Composition in Nineteenth-Century Ireland},
  author={Niamh Howlin},
  journal={The Journal of Legal History},
  pages={227 - 261}
  • Niamh Howlin
  • Published 1 December 2009
  • History
  • The Journal of Legal History
Difficulties in securing convictions in nineteenth-century Ireland led the authorities to resort to various methods of ensuring that petty juries delivered guilty verdicts in cases where this was clearly warranted by the evidence. This article examines some of the ‘stratagems’ put forward by David Johnson and suggests a number of other practices which were used, arguing that many of these mechanisms centred around controlling the composition of trial juries. Examples included altering the… 
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