Juries, Science and Popular Culture in the Age of Terror

The Case of the Sydney Bomber

  • David Tait
  • Jane Goodman-Delahunty

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. David Tait
    Pages 1-9
  3. Jacqueline Horan, Jane Goodman-Delahunty
    Pages 11-35
  4. Chris Lennard, Anne Wallace
    Pages 37-54
  5. Christina Spiesel, Greg Battye, Neal Feigenson
    Pages 55-65
  6. David Tait, Jane Goodman-Delahunty
    Pages 145-160
  7. David Tait, Jane Goodman-Delahunty
    Pages 173-191
  8. Greg Battye, Meredith Rossner
    Pages 193-215
  9. Jane Goodman-Delahunty, David Tait
    Pages 217-233
  10. David Tait, Jane Goodman-Delahunty
    Pages 235-248
  11. David Tait, Meredith Rossner
    Pages 249-271
  12. David Tait, Jane Goodman-Delahunty
    Pages 273-285
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 287-292

About this book


Terrorism has become an everyday reality in most contemporary societies. In a context of heightened fear can juries be trusted to remain impartial when confronted by defendants charged with terrorism? Do they scrutinize prosecution cases carefully, or does emotion trump reason once the spectre of terrorism is invoked? This book examines these questions from a range of disciplinary perspectives. The authors look at the how jurors in terrorism trials are likely to respond to gruesome evidence, including beheading videos. The 'CSI effect' is examined as a possible response to forensic evidence, and jurors with different learning preferences are compared. Virtual interactive environments, built like computer games, may be created to provide animated reconstructions of the prosecution or defence case. This book reports on how to create such presentations, culminating in the analysis of a live simulated trial using interactive visual displays followed by jury deliberations. 
The team of international, transdisciplinary experts draw conclusions of global legal and political significance, and contribute to the growing scholarship on comparative counter-terrorism law. The book will be of great interest to scholars, students and practitioners of law, criminal justice, forensic science and psychology.


socio-legal studies criminal law criminology legal psychology trials democracy deliberation bias extremism counter-terrorism, evidence visual media interactive virtual environment international relations forensic science courts sentencing judges culture political science political violence terrorism

Editors and affiliations

  • David Tait
    • 1
  • Jane Goodman-Delahunty
    • 2
  1. 1.Western Sydney University, AustraliaPenrithAustralia
  2. 2.Charles Sturt University, AustraliaManlyAustralia

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