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Thaddeus Hoffmeister
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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 2 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 5 days ago 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
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Michigan Reflects on Its 2012 G. Thomas Munsterman Award The Detroit News published an article by former Michigan Chief Justice Robert P. Young on July 27, 2017, that reflects on the jury innovation accomplishments in the state of Michigan that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at Juries
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...While the federal criminal system permits juries to consider cases in total anonymity, New York State has a more restrictive law that allows the addresses of jurors to be withheld from the public and the parties at a trial, but... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at Juries
US District Judge William Martinez on Thursday reversed a jury-nullification advocacy group's permission to pass out pamphlets outside a Denver courthouse. Martinez said the group was insulting judicial employees, and he also held Denver in contempt for not properly notifying... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at Juries
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Francis X. Shen Abstract The American criminal justice system relies upon jurors to regularly decode the mental states of criminal defendants. These determinations are often of black and Hispanic defendants, making “minority mens rea” a centerpiece of the justice process.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at Juries
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State of Iowa v. Kevin Plain, Sr. On June 30, the Iowa Supreme Court decided State of Iowa v. Kevin Plain, Sr. Factually, an all-white jury in Black Hawk County convicted the defendant, a black man, of one count of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at Juries
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Here are two more jury-related stories connected to the Ray Tensing trial. Tensing, a University of Cincinnati police officer, was charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Sam Dubose, an African-American motorist. After two hung juries,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at Juries
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Remittitur The Supreme Court of Arizona rendered an opinion in Soto v, Sacco on July 13, 2017. Mr. Soto had a broken arm as a result of a motorcycle accident caused by defendant Sacco. At trial, the only issue for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at Juries
While the title of the article below may be a little misleading (apparently I am not the only one who felt that way), the article is nonetheless a good read, especially if you want to know more about how the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at Juries
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The Iowa Supreme Court, in State v. Plain, recently made it a little easier for minorities to challenge the racial make-up of the jury pool. Instead of relying solely on the "absolute disparity test" to determine the jury pool minority... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at Juries