Courting Legitimacy: Enregistering Legal Reasoning among US Criminal Trial Jurors

  title={Courting Legitimacy: Enregistering Legal Reasoning among US Criminal Trial Jurors},
  author={Kathy L. Culver},
  journal={Signs and Society},
  pages={1 - 34}
This article discusses how law is produced semiotically as a category of social action through a study of jury decision making and the production of jury verdicts. In the US criminal justice system, citizens called for jury duty are interpellated as jurors and instructed in legal reasoning through encounters with a variety of texts. Jurors respond to the state’s hailing by producing themselves as competent jurors who can reason according to specifically legal forms of objectivity that may… 
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