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Squizzy and the Cuckold: How South Australia introduced majority jury verdi...

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For centuries there were suspicions that juries might be bribed or otherwise corrupted. But it was South Australia that first answered these doubts by introducing majority jury verdicts in 1927. Why did the push for reform succeed first here, rather than in Victoria, home of the notorious criminal and jury rigger Joseph Leslie (‘Squizzy’) Taylor?

Greg Taylor holds a chair at the Adelaide Law School and an honorary professorship in the Faculty of Law, University of Marburg. He has published widely on Australian and South Australian legal history, most recently a biography of Sir Richard Hanson (Chief Justice 1861-76).

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