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Thaddeus Hoffmeister
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The article below and the study it cites makes a strong argument for allowing non-citizen jurors. According to the article, in criminal proceedings, non-citizens face higher sentences than those who are citizens. The article goes on to say that undocumented... Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at Juries
SCOTUS Blog: Argument preview: Justices to resolve circuit split on juror testimony ... WDTN: Selecting jurors to choose life or death for Arias NWTimes: Lawyers argue over juror anonymity in gang trial Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Alternate jurors' role can be... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Juries
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Neil Joel Dilloff Melissa Rubin Roth Abstract (to read the entire article go here) You have spent several hours selecting a jury in a civil case. In accordance with the usual Maryland procedure, the jurors were sworn and the trial... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Juries
The article below discusses how the latest 3D laser scanners help Ohio prosecutors bring the crime scene to jurors in the courtroom. According to Bureau of Criminal Investigation Analyst Megan Timlin, “this brings the jury to the crime scene without... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Juries
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On Oct 10th, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law will be holding a conference entitled Juries and Lay Participation: American Perspectives and Global Trends. The one-day conference will feature a series of panel discussions on juror bias, the jury as a... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Juries
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Judge Royce Lamberth has appointed an attorney to look into how two sitting jurors are being treated by their employers. Unfortunately, some employers don't quite understand that you can't retaliate or punish a person for serving as a juror. Fortunately,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Juries
On October 15th the ABA is offering a CLE entitled Using Social Media in the Jury Selection Process. The CLE runs from 1:00-2:30. According to the ABA's website this seminar will touch upon ABA Formal Ethics Opinion 466 Best practices... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Juries
One federal court in Louisiana is considering imposing some of the toughest restrictions in the country on post-trial juror contact and discussions. The proposed changes include: - Requiring attorneys to obtain permission from the court prior to contacting jurors -... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Juries
This is the second time that I have seen a death row conviction overturned because of a juror's improper use of the Internet. The first case, Dimas-Martinez v. Arkansas, involved a juror who could not stop tweeting about the trial.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Juries
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Ralph A. Peeples Catherine T. Harris Abstract (to read the entire article go here): This article examines the amount recovered in 118 wrongful death cases filed in a single jurisdiction (North Carolina) over a five year period. The dataset is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Juries
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The article below, which focuses on the state of Ohio, highlights a growing trend around the country. When given the choice between the death penalty and life without parole (LWP), jurors increasingly choose the latter. The article gives three reasons... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Juries
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Sticking with yesterday's theme of improper contact with a sitting juror, a Louisiana woman (Alicia Tucker) was recently sentenced to 15 years in prison for conspiring to commit jury tampering. The tampering occurred during a three-way telephone call from jail... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at Juries
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A defendant who was recently convicted of aggravated robbery has been charged with improper influence of a juror. Apparently, the defendant, during his trial for aggravated robbery, was communicating with one of his jurors via Facebook. Interestingly, despite his Facebook... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Juries
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Paul Marcus Abstract (to read the entire article go here): Finally, the evidence has all been heard, the lawyers have given closing arguments to the jurors, and now it is up to the trial judge; it is her turn. Of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Juries
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Hiroshi Fukurai Zhuoyu Wang (picture unavailable) Abstract (to read the entire article go here): A new and exciting breed of the grand jury system has emerged in East Asia: Japan introduced the revised system of Prosecution Review Commissions (“PRCs”) in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Juries
During a recent manslaughter trial, an alternate juror receives an inappropriate text from a friend who wants to discuss the case. Rather than respond to the text, the juror turns the phone over to the judge who informs the juror... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Juries
Reply Brief for Petitioner, Gregory P. Warger This Supreme Court case arose out of a motor vehicle accident in which a motorcyclists collided with a truck. The motorcyclist-plaintiff lost his leg and then subsequently brought a negligence action against the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Juries
The article below discusses the voir dire process in a high profile murder case in Montreal. According to the article, the jurors selected for this case must be bilingual. This requirement is necessary because evidence will be submitted in both... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Juries
The article below discusses an attempt by some to reduce the number of peremptory challenges afforded criminal defendants in the state of Victoria in Australia. At present, defense attorneys have 6 peremptory challenges but some would like to see that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at Juries
You can now register for the upcoming ABA Jury Symposium entitled "Assuring Fair and Impartial Juries." The announcement for the symposium can be found below. Join the ABA Commission on the American Jury Project in beautiful San Diego for the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Juries
Previously, I blogged about the challenges facing a Massachusetts Superior Court Judge who has the responsibility for empanelling 12 impartial jurors to hear the murder case of Caius Veiovis. The difficulty here is the defendant's facial features which have been... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at Juries
Courthouse News Service: Racist Revelation Will not Lead to Habeas Relief A former juror's comment that the death sentence he handed down eight years ago was "what that nigger deserved" does not justify habeas relief, the 11th Circuit ruled. [Fults... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Juries
Some jurors feel a certain amount of stress during trial. As a result, at least one jurisdiction has started to offer jurors brochures on how to decompress and deal with the stress that comes with certain trials. To access the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at Juries
The most recent edition of the Economist has an interesting article about juries in the Caribbean entitled 12 Clueless Men. According to the article, some of the smaller countries in the Caribbean that adhere to the common law system are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at Juries
First it was judges then attorneys and now apparently even courtroom deputies feel the need to criticize jurors for their verdicts. Minneapolis Star Tribune: Deputy's scolding of jury sparks investigation in Hennepin Co. Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at Juries