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The Rise of Directed Verdict: Jury Power in Civil Cases Before the Federal Rules of 1938

@inproceedings{Lerner2013TheRO,
  title={The Rise of Directed Verdict: Jury Power in Civil Cases Before the Federal Rules of 1938},
  author={Ren{\'e}e Lettow Lerner},
  year={2013}
}
Jury practice in the state and federal courts evolved dramatically in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Around the time of the ratification of the Bill of Rights in 1791, important legal thinkers praised the civil jury as a bulwark against judicial tyranny. By the advent of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure in 1938, many commentators regarded the civil jury as an antiquated nuisance. Diminishment of the jury and open exercise of judicial power, encouraged in the Federal Rules by… Expand
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