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Trial by Mathematics: Precision and Ritual in the Legal Process

Laurence H. Tribe
Harvard Law Review
Vol. 84, No. 6 (Apr., 1971), pp. 1329-1393
DOI: 10.2307/1339610
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1339610
Page Count: 65
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Trial by Mathematics: Precision and Ritual in the Legal Process
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Abstract

Professor Tribe considers the accuracy, appropriateness, and possible dangers of utilizing mathematical methods in the legal process, first in the actual conduct of civil and criminal trials, and then in designing procedures for the trial system as a whole. He concludes that the utility of mathematical methods for these purposes has been greatly exaggerated. Even if mathematical techniques could significantly enhance the accuracy of the trial process, Professor Tribe also shows that their inherent conflict with other important values would be too great to allow their general use.

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