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Thaddeus Hoffmeister
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The Wall Street Journal (discussed in the ABA Journal) has an article examining whether technology makes it increasingly difficult for jurors to stay awake in court. I, for one, believe that the Internet has re-engineered our brains to a certain... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Juries
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Jury Clerk Writes to Dog KRCG TV reported on December 1, 2017 a humorous holiday story. The Christian County, Missouri Circuit Court received a damaged juror questionnaire with a note that read, "Sorry for the damage, the dog thought it... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Juries
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Niamh Howlin Abstract Roger Casement’s arrest, detention, trial and execution have been continually re-examined over the past century. There has been endless speculation over the use made of the so-called Black Diaries to discredit him and scupper his chances of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Juries
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The article below discusses the efforts of Cecil Thomas, a state senator from Ohio, to expand and diversify the jury rolls in the Buckeye State. Senator Thomas has introduced legislation (SB 200) to require Ohio counties to use both voter... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2017 at Juries
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The article below discusses the current state of Nebraska's death penalty. The article notes that a few criminal defense attorneys have argued, unsuccessfully to date, that Nebraska's death penalty is unconstitutional in light of the SCT's recent decision in Hurst... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at Juries
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Greg Reilly IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Mark A. Lemley Stanford Law School Arti K. Rai Duke University School of Law; Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative Abstract This is a brief of 72 IP professors opposing the claim in Oil... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at Juries
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NPR.com: Former Presidents: They're Just Like Us! Obama Summoned For Jury Duty 4 Questions (1) Will he be selected? (2) Will he be the foreperson? (3) Will the secret service be in the courtroom and or jury room? (4) Can... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2017 at Juries
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Can Physically Restraining a Defendant Affect the Jury’s Decision? In the U.S., most jurisdictions go to great lengths to mask the fact a defendant may be in custody from the jury. However, that is not the case in many countries... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2017 at Juries
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Read about the latest software program created to help attorneys learn more about jurors. Voltaire’s software can search through billions of data points, including public records and social media posts, and—within a matter of minutes—pull up all kinds of information... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at Juries
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Nursing Mother Effectively Excluded from Jury Service Judith P. Miller is an assistant clinical professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School and wrote a commentary that was published in the Chicago Tribune on October 13, 2017. She... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2017 at Juries
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Judith Miller, a University of Chicago law professor and would be juror, shares her challenges with trying to pull jury duty while simultaneously nursing a child. In the end, she couldn't do both. ABAJournal.com: Law prof who hoped to be... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at Juries
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Washington University professor Daniel Epps has an article in the Washington Post in which he discusses why some police officers favor going before judges (bench trial) rather than jurors when facing criminal charges. One interesting question that the author raises... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2017 at Juries
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A Comparison of Evidence Based Medicine and the Criminal Justice System Valerie Coppenrath, PharmD of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, published an article recently in Innovations in Pharmacy titled Reflections from the Jury Box: Improving Evidence Based... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2017 at Juries
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Suja Thomas Abstract This amicus brief to the Eleventh Circuit, filed in an employment discrimination case, argues that the issue of whether summary judgment is unconstitutional has not been decided, argues summary judgment is unconstitutional under the Seventh Amendment, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at Juries
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The U.S. Supreme Court has stayed the execution of an African-American Georgia death row inmate while the high court decides whether to grant certiorari in his case. The defendant alleges that at least one of the jurors who decided his... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at Juries
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This WASHPO op-ed argues that non-unanimous jury verdicts, used only in Oregon and Louisiana, were created to subjugate racial minorities. The author wants the SCT to remedy the problem by taking up the case of Louisiana v. Dale Lampert and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at Juries
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The Evil Eye Florida’s First District Court of Appeal issued an opinion in Ivey v. State on September 13, 2017. Mr. Ivey was convicted of drug related offenses following a jury trial. During jury selection, neither the prosecution nor the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at Juries
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Julie Cascino Abstract This Note examines the Oregon "Motor Voter" Act within the context of jury pools. Most states choose names for jury selection almost solely from voter registration lists. The Note argues that other states should implement automatic voter... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2017 at Juries
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Silence as Evidence of Juror Rehabilitation The Supreme Court of the State of Colorado rendered an opinion in People v. Clemmons on September 11, 2017. During voir dire conducted by the defense counsel, three jurors indicated that they would have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at Juries
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Interesting research out of the United Kingdom about jurors and sexual assault charges. Apparently, close to half of the jurors who sit on sexual assault cases in the UK reach a guilty verdict prior to deliberating with other jurors. The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at Juries
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In a recently released documentary, Lindy Lou shares her experience of serving on a jury in the capital case of Bobby Wilcher who was sentenced to death in 1994. Despite the passage of more than twenty years, the verdict still... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at Juries
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In People v. Heriberto Romero, a California appellate court reversed a conviction for charges relating to rape in connection with the sexual assault of two women because a juror knew one of the victims personally and their prior relationship created... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at Juries
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In light of the work by independent counsel, Robert Mueller, there has been an increased interest in better understanding grand juries and how they function. Here is a short article that provides a historical overview of the grand jury. I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at Juries
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Geary Choe Abstract Koreans do not trust the justice system. This distrust prompted the Korean Judicial Reform Commission to advocate the introduction of jury trials to enhance the credibility of the system. Korea’s jury system, however, has many features that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at Juries
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Startribune.com: Excluded from a Minnesota grand jury, deaf man sues for the right to serve Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2017 at Juries