This paper considers whether and why criminal juries choose to "nullify" a verdict by acquitting the defendant despite the prosecution proving its case beyond a reasonable doubt. To examine jury nullification, this paper turns to two pieces of theater - Antigone and Les Misérables. In each play, the protagonist is unquestionably guilty of a crime but the audience champions them anyway. Examining why audiences absolve the protagonists explains why juries acquit otherwise guilty defendants.
Antigone and Les Misérables: A Pathetic Look at Jury Nullification,
San Diego L. Rev.
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