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Thaddeus Hoffmeister
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ABAJournal.com: A federal court asks jurors to confront their hidden biases Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Juries
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Interesting op-ed in CNN that discusses the Cosby jury and the power of one juror. CNN.com: In Cosby Trial, the Awesome Power of Jurors Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Juries
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Understanding the Effects of Unconscious Bias A video by the U.S. Courts titled, “Understanding the Effects of Unconscious Bias” was published on Youtube on June 21, 2017. It features U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour (W.D. of Washington) introducing the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Juries
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In the case of United States v. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the answer to that question is "no." As some may recall, Sgt. Bergdahl is facing a military court-martial for walking away from his unit in Afghanistan. After leaving his unit,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Juries
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Following the growing trend nationally, the Civil Jury Project is advocating allowing jurors to ask questions. I have long been a proponent of juror questions. For prior posts on this topic go here. Law360.com: Innovating For Wise Juries: Juror-Posed Questions Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Juries
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WashingtonPost.com: ‘I would probably have convicted,’ says man who claims to be a Bill Cosby alternate juror Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Juries
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The article below criticizes a proposal in Oregon to record grand jury testimony. The author is a DA who previously served as president of the Oregon District Attorney's Association. OregonLive.com: Recording Oregon's Grand Juries is Wrong Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Juries
One of the questions concerned the definition of "reasonable doubt." Jurors around the country have routinely struggled with determining when reasonable doubt exists. For background on jurors and reasonable doubt go here. Philly.com: Cosby Jurors Return With Questions on the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at Juries
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The Consequences of Juror Sequestration The New York Times published a story on June 12, 2017 titled, Juries in High-Profile Cases Like Cosby Trial Face Special Pressure. The article explores the additional stresses that jurors can experience resulting sequestration in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at Juries
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Thecut.com: The Big Problem with Jury Sequestration CNN.com: Here's What Happens Now that Bill Cosby's Jury is Deadlocked CNN.com: 6 questions the jury has had in the Bill Cosby trial Indepedent.com: Jury deadlocked in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at Juries
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The article below discusses some of the challenges with being a sequestered a juror on a high-profile trial. The article interviews a juror from the OJ trial in order to help provide some context of what the jurors in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Juries
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Suja Thomas Abstract Plea bargaining and summary judgment have contributed to the disappearance of the jury. This short paper describes the "plea offer," "sentence" and "consensus" requirements -- three seemingly controversial but rational ways to restore the jury in our... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at Juries
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Cassandra Burke Robertson Abstract When trial becomes a luxury, retrial can start to look downright decadent. Scholars have documented the “vanishing trial” in recent decades, exploring the various causes and effects of declining trial rates. Retrial, if mentioned at all,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at Juries
One consequence of high profile police shooting cases, like the one involving Officer Jeronimo Yanez in Minnesota, is an increased interest in jury selection. Officer Yanez is being charged with 2nd Degree Manslaughter in the shooting death of Philando Castille.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Juries
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Tsarnaev Jury Management and Transportation Order The Boston Herald reported on May 29, 2017 that the Jury Management and Transportation Order which U.S. District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. put under seal prior to the trial of Boston Marathon... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Juries
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Daniel Clay The Effects of Perceived Authority on the Decision-Making Process of Mock Jurors The jury is one of the most important decision making small groups in the United States; however, little is known about how juries render decisions and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at Juries
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This NY times article discusses some of the challenges that arise when picking a jury when the criminal defendant is a police officer. According to the article, the critical issue is determining whether a potential juror has seen a video... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at Juries
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The article below talks about efforts to diversify the jury pool in Hamilton County, Ohio which picks its jurors from voter lists. Most jurisdictions rely on multiple lists to select jurors e.g., driver licenses, state i.d. cards or utility bills.... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at Juries
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Ongoing Battle Regarding Jury Nullification Communication near Denver Courthouse The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit upheld a preliminary injunction on April 8, 2017 in Verlo v. The City and County of Denver. It was based on an... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at Juries
Final Jury Selected as Cosby Trial Approaches Vanity Fair-3 hours ago A full 12-member jury has been selected for Bill Cosby's June 5 sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pennsylvania, reports The New York Times. Bill Cosby jury selected CNN-20 hours... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at Juries
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This WaPo article discusses Cosby's jury consultants and some of the challenges with finding an impartial jury in a case with a high-profile defendant. WashingtonPost.com: Bill Cosby’s jury consultants, revealed Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at Juries
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Race, gender, fame questions loom as Cosby jurors sought ABC News-2 hours ago One Third of Potential Cosby Jurors Already Have Opinion About Case NBCNews.com-1 hour ago Bill Cosby sex assault case having difficultly finding unbiased jurors Death and Taxes-1... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at Juries
An Extraordinary Verdict Form WBUR News reported a story on May 15, 2017 about a verdict form used in the federal criminal trial of pharmacist Barry Cadden in the U.S District Court, District of Massachusetts. Mr. Cadden was alleged to... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2017 at Juries
Robert James Conrad Jr. United States District Court Western District of North Carolina Katy Lynn Clements University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - School of Law Abstract “Do not go gentle into that good night... Rage, rage against... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at Juries
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The latest newsletter from the Civil Jury Project is now available. Here is a brief description of the newsletter from the Civil Jury Project's Executive Director, Stephen Susman. Readers, Welcome to another edition of the Civil Jury Project’s monthly newsletter.... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at Juries