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Thaddeus Hoffmeister
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Does Video Image Size Affect Jurors’ Decisions? A Look at How Image Size Interacts with Evidence Strength, Defendant Emotion and the Defendant/Victim Relationship Wendy Heath and Bruce Grannemann ponder how video image size in the courtroom is related to juror... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Juries
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Mary Bowman Mitigating Foul Blows Abstract (to read the entire article go here): For nearly eighty years, courts have offered stirring rhetoric about how prosecutors must not strike foul blows in pursuit of convictions. Yet while appellate courts are often... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Juries
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Previously, I blogged about the juror dishonesty case, Warger v. Shauers, that is currently before the Supreme Court. Professor Sherry Colb of Cornell, pictured above, has recently written a brief article offering her own opinion on the case. Her article... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Juries
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Times-Picayune: New rules limiting juror contact in federal cases could have 'chilling ... To read my earlier post on this issue go here. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Juries
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In light of the fact that the Ferguson grand jury is likely to render its decision in the near future, I thought I would offer some links to sources that provide background information on grand juries. 1. Grand Juries 2.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Juries
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Professor David Harris of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law provides an excellent overview of the jury to include its history and how jurors are selected. NPR: American Attitudes on Juries and Jury Duty Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Juries
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A federal district court this week, in U.S. v. Liu et. al, upheld the conviction of three defendants two of whom were attorneys for immigration fraud despite the fact that two different jurors sent out trial-related tweets. The first juror... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at Juries
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Jury scholar Valerie Hans of Cornell Law School has been elected President of the Law and Society Association. Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at Juries
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Jeremy W. Bock Abstract(to read the entire article go here): Few doctrines in patent law are perceived to be as important as the presumption of validity. Despite its perceived importance, the impact of informing the jury of the presumption has... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Juries
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Roger C. Park Abstract (to read the entire article go here): This paper argues there is little reason for a hearsay ban in the absence of jury trial. (1) The ban can’t be supported on the ground, dubious in the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Juries
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An Iowa appellate court (State v. Webster) overturned a defendant's murder conviction because of improper conduct by a juror to include interacting with the victim's mother on Facebook. Interestingly, it was the defendant's wife who discovered the Facebook information. The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Juries
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Since I live near Cincinnati, I feel compelled to post about the three jurors who are now recanting their prior guilty verdict in the trial of former Judge Tracie Hunter. As a general rule, courts rarely overturn a verdict due... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Juries
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The New Yorker has a very good article about the death penalty and how certain jurisdictions allow judges to impose a sentence of death even after the jury has voted for life. States were allowed to rewrite their death-penalty laws.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Juries
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As of late, Texas grand juries have been under a lot of criticism so much so that State Senator John Whitmire has introduced legislation (SB 135) to modify how grand jurors are selected. If SB 135 becomes law, district judges... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Juries
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Some say "Black," others say "White," a prospective juror (C.D.) in a criminal case in Connecticut (State v. Edwards) said "Human." The juror's response led the prosecution to exercise a peremptory to remove her. Not surprising, the prosecution's use of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Juries
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Abstract (to read the entire article go here) The finality of jury verdicts reflects an implicit societal acceptance of the soundness of the jury's decision. Regardless, jurors are not infallible, and the questions they are often tasked with deciding are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Juries
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Richard Delgado Trayvon Martin Trial and Jury Nullification Abstract (to read the entire law review article go here): The following article on the Trayvon Martin trial suggests that, together, doctrinal and critical analysis can often be more powerful than either... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at Juries
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The article below discusses the daily existence of the sequestered jurors in the John Goodman trial. I have previously blogged about this case here. The title of this blog post is "Life as a Sequestered Juror" but it also could... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Juries
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Professor David Harris provides a 30-minute explanation of grand juries. Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Juries
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Alexandra Lahav Abstract (to read the entire article go here): Citizens directly participate in the civil justice system in three ways. They can be sued, they can sue another, and they can serve on a jury. Beyond that involvement, the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Juries
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The Diane Rehm Show will discuss jury duty on Monday Nov 3rd. The jury is a key component of our justice system. Some studies even say the experience of sitting on a jury can lead to further civic engagement. But... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Juries
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This week the change of venue motion filed by Aaron Hernandez was denied by the judge hearing his case. As most are aware, former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is on trial for the 2013 killing of Odin... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Juries
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Ethan Leib Steven Thel Abstract (to read the entire article go here): Revisiting Bill Whitford’s work on the role of the jury in contract interpretation and his work on consumer form contracting inspired us to take a careful look at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at Juries
The USA Today has an interesting article that discusses the various ways jurisdictions summon individuals to jury duty. USA Today: Jumping into the Jury Pool? Why you're There is Random Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at Juries
Interesting unpublished opinion out of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. In Bates v. U.S. a three-judge panel found the following: Cameron Dean Bates is a federal prisoner serving a 240-month sentence after being convicted of eighteen counts of receiving,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at Juries