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Thaddeus Hoffmeister
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Florida has recently updated its instructions on the use of electronic devices by jurors. I like these updates because they provide the all important "why." As I have stated numerous times before, if you want jurors to buy-in to the... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at Juries
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Lawyers for Aaron Hernandez, the former professional football player now on trial for the murder of Odin Loyd, want the court to grant them additional peremptory challenges. The defense attorneys claim that they need the additional peremptories to remove so-called... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Juries
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Another Illinois newspaper comes out against the Illinois jury bill that is awaiting the signature of Governor Quinn. Yesterday it was the Chicago Tribune, today it is the Rockford Register Star. Rockford Register Star. Our View: Pay hike for jurors?... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Juries
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The Chicago Tribune has a very interesting article on a jury bill (SB 3075) that recently passed the Illinois legislature. The bill was sponsored by Representative Kelly Burke and supported by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. The bill reduces the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Juries
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Starting Feb 2, 2015, courts in Massachusetts will move from judge conducted voir dire to attorney conducted voir dire. This change will impact both civil and criminal cases. To learn more about how attorney led voir dire will be handled... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Juries
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Nicolo Leo Caldara Abstract (to read the entire article go here): The history of the Grand Jury in the Anglo-American legal system is briefly sketched in the context of its role as an arbiter of control of police violence and... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Juries
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After 45 years on the job and hearing numerous excuses from prospective jurors, Manhattan Court Clerk Norman Goodman has decided to finally retire. To read about his replacement go here. ABA Journal: NYC Court Clerk to Retire After 11M jury... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Juries
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In light of the recent negative attention received by grand juries, there has been a call by some to abolish them. While states are not required by the U.S. Constitution to use a grand jury, the federal government is. Thus,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Juries
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The SCT has issued its opinion in Warger v. Shauers. No surprises here as the Supreme Court upheld the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals and ruled in a unanimous decision that juror comments during deliberations cannot be used to show... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Juries
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The new Manhattan county clerk, former State Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling, wants to make Manhattan juries more diverse. The former judge states that in his prior experience on the bench the individuals who showed up for jury duty did... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Juries
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This week the Illinois House passed SB 3075 which, if signed into law, will reduce the number of civil jurors from 12 to 6. The bill also increases juror pay from $25 a day to $50 a day. The bill... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Juries
Apparently, there has been some follow up investigation on the Darnell Dockett jury story. As some will recall, media outlets were reporting earlier this week about Dockett's so-called live tweeting from the jury room. I also did a post on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at Juries
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NFL Player Live Tweets During Jury Service Had you been following the tweets of Darnell Dockett during his recent jury service, you would have learned a lot about him and his views on the legal system. Here is a sample... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at Juries
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Elise Gedde Metz Good Enough Reason? A Study of the Case-Law Related to Jury Reasoning in the European Court of Human Rights and the Norwegian Supreme Court Abstract: The thesis explores decisions from the European Court of Human Rights and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at Juries
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The attorneys for alleged Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have filed another change of venue motion. According to defense counsel, [t]he nature and extent of the impact of the Marathon bombings and related events and the pretrial publicity engendered by... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Juries
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People v. Silva Defendants are entitled to new trials, where: 1) failure to apprise counsel about the specific contents of a substantive note from a deliberating jury violates the fundamental tenets of CPL 310.30 and qualifies as a mode of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Juries
Two attorneys from the firm of Heidell, Pittoni, Murphy & Bach have written a very good article on jurors and social media. Among other things, the article provides an excellent overview of the current state of the law. New York... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2014 at Juries
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 Nov 26, 2014 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 Nov 26, 2014 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 Nov 25, 2014 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 Nov 24, 2014 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 Nov 21, 2014 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