Reid Krell on the Power of Jury Instructions
In this episode, Dr. Matthew Reid Krell, an instructor in the University of Alabama Department of Political Science, discusses his article "The Power of Jury Instructions: Evidence From EEOC Cases." Krell begins by explaining what jury instructions are and the role they play in civil litigation. He briefly discusses existing scholarship on how jury instructions affect juries and why his project focuses on how they affect litigants and their incentives. He describes the study he conducted, including how he obtained the data and how he used it. And he describes his findings, which are consistent with his hypothesis that the judge's decision on which instructions to adopt communicates information to litigants about whether to settle. He closes by reflection on how this article fits into his scholarly project and where he plans to go next. Krell is on Twitter at @ReidKrell.