A Project for Professor Nesson's Winter Evidence Class, January 1999
|This web site is the product of an experiment conducted by students in Professor Charles Nesson's evidence class at Harvard Law
School. It investigates the effects of judicial discretion on trial outcomes, particularly
in the context of scientific evidence questions. The
experiment uses the facts of a lawsuit filed in 1982, surrounding
events that occurred in Woburn, Massachusetts and from which the movie A
Civil Action was produced. Readers who wish to skip directly to the results
of the experiment and a discussion of its implications may do so by
activating the link at the bottom of this page. For those who would like to
know more about the facts of the case and would like to participate in the
experiment, please proceed ahead and vote solely according to the
information presented to you.
Students and teachers should feel free to use this site in their own explorations. We hope others will refine our methods and test our findings more rigorously.
Skip to the results.