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Thaddeus Hoffmeister
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Kathryne Young Outing Batson: How the Case of Gay Jurors Reveals the Shortcomings of Modern Voir Dire Abstract: Although scholarly attention has been devoted to the argument that Batson v. Kentucky should apply to gay and lesbian jurors, little or... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Juries
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Judge Mark Bennett Unspringing the Witness Memory and Demeanor Trap: What Every Judge and Juror Needs to Know About Cognitive Psychology and Witness Credibility Abstract: The soul of America’s civil and criminal justice systems is the ability of jurors and... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Juries
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Andrew S. Polis Trying the Trial Abstract: Lawyers routinely make strategic advocacy choices that reflect directly, if inferentially, on the credibility of their clients’ claims and defenses. But courts have historically been reluctant to admit evidence of litigation conduct, sometimes... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Juries
Here is the juror questionnaire for the Boston Marathon Bombing trial. The questionnaire, which has 101 questions, was released by the court yesterday. Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at Juries
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Neil Vidmar Herbert M. Kritzer Lawyers on Trial: Juror Hostility to Defendants in Legal Malpractice Trials Abstract: In contrast to medical malpractice, legal malpractice is a phenomenon that has attracted little attention from empirically-oriented scholars. This paper is part of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Juries
Washington Post: The perils of being the juror who did not want Jodi Arias to die AZCentral.com: Why Arias Juror 17 spared killer's life The Latin Post: Jodi Arias Trial Update News 2015: Holdout Juror Who Voted to Spare Arias'... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Juries
Below is an interesting article that describes the growth of mock online jurors. Companies that provide online jurors to attorneys include eJury and OnlineVerdict. New Scientist: Lawyers use online juries to test courtroom tactics Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Juries
Here is a statement issued by the local Maricopa County Attorney about the jury process in the Jodi Arias sentencing trial. This statement was made in an effort to tone down some of the speculation and rhetoric about the lone... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at Juries
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Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Amy Salerno was recently reprimanded by the Ohio Supreme Court for her comments to the jury after an acquittal. At the conclusion of a jury trial where the defendant was found not guilty of several... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Juries
Below is an interesting article by Adam Liptak. In the article, Liptak examines the practice of judges overriding the death penalty decisions of jurors. The article also discusses the possibility that the SCT may examine this practice sometime this term... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at Juries
ABC News: Jurors in Jodi Arias Case Were 11-1 for Death Penalty AZcentral.com: What we know about Arias holdout juror KPHO Phoenix: Juror's husband: 'She felt like she was being assaulted' KTAR: Holdout juror worries for safety after address posted... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at Juries
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Kenneth S. Klein Comparative Jury Procedures: What a Small Island Nation [Malta] Teaches the United States About Jury Reform Abstract: The literature considering various possible procedural reforms to American jury trial practice suffers from a high dose of American Exceptionalism.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Juries
ABA Journal: Juror accused of lying about her past is indicted, excused from murder trial Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at Juries
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Jeannine Bell Mona Lynch Cross-Sectional Challenges: Gender, Race, and Six-Person Juries Abstract: After two grand juries failed to indict the police officers that killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner in 2014, our nation has engaged in polarizing discussions about how... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at Juries
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A three-judge panel of the First Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the trial of Dzhokar Tsarnaev can be held in Boston. Defense attorneys for Tsarnaev had requested a change of venue arguing that because of extensive pre-trial publicity... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2015 at Juries
Here is the latest edition of the Jury Expert put out by the American Society of Trial Consultants (ASTC). Why Women Stay Quiet at Work, But Not in the Jury Room by Suann Ingle. Many of us have read the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2015 at Juries
Receptivity of Capital Jurors to Mitigating Factors of Mental Illness, Intellectual Disability, and Situational Impairments in Death Penalty Decisions Leona Deborah Jochnowitz Abstract: This research presents aspects of juror receptivity to mitigating factors of mental, cognitive/intellectual and situational impairments in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at Juries
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NY's top judge believes that the judiciary should play a greater role in the grand jury process when police are accused of killing a civilian. I personally think that grand jurors should be provided their own counsel. Grand Jury Legal... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at Juries
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It is uncommon for judges to punish a juror. It is really uncommon for judges to punish a juror for talking to the media. It is really, really uncommon for judges to punish a juror for talking to the media... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at Juries
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The article below examines the financial challenges of being a juror on a case that lasts for an extended amount of time. The net result is that you have certain people who just can't serve because of the financial hit... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Juries
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People v. Cisneros The defendant’s two counts of making a criminal threat are reversed for the following reasons: 1) the trial court erred in denying defendant's Batson/Wheeler motions alleging that the prosecutor had discriminated against men in exercising peremptory challenges... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Juries
13WMAZ: Openly Gay Man Plans to Refuse Jury Duty This article discusses using jury duty as a way to make a political statement. Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Juries
The St. Louis Post Dispatch has an editorial in support of allowing a Ferguson grand juror to talk about his/her experience. St. Louis Post Dispatch: Editorial: Court should allow Ferguson grand juror to speak Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Juries
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A Memphis juror was sentenced to 10 days in jail (9 days were suspended) for communicating with a criminal defendant via Facebook. Interestingly, despite the social media interaction, the juror along with the other members of the jury still found... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at Juries
Knoxville News Sentinel: Judge to Lowe: 'Stealth juror' radar on For prior posts on stealth jurors go here. Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at Juries