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Thaddeus Hoffmeister
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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 2 days ago 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 2 days ago 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 3 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 5 days ago 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 6 days ago 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
Here is a list and brief description of the articles in the latest edition of the Jury Expert which is published by the American Society of Trial Consultants. Demographic Roulette: What Was Once a Bad Idea Has Gotten Worse Authored... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at Juries
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John Rappaport Abstract: The notion that criminal defendants are put to an all-or-nothing choice between the guilty plea and full-blown jury trial is both pervasive and wrong. Defendants can, and sometimes do, “unbundle” their jury-trial rights and trade them piecemeal,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at Juries
The American Association for Justice has filed a brief in support of the respondent in Warger v. Shauers. Brief for the American Association for Justice in Support of Respondent This case arose out of a motor vehicle accident in which... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at Juries
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Jason M. Solomon Abstract: At the root of many contemporary debates and landmark cases in the civil justice system are underlying questions about the role of the civil jury. In prior work, I examined the justifications for the civil jury... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Juries
Not surprisingly, defense counsel for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is charged with the Boston Marathon bombing, has filed a motion to change the venue for the upcoming death penalty trial. To read the motion go here. To read the government's response... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at Juries
The judge presiding over the murder trial of Caius Veiovis has decided to voir dire the jurors on the defendant's physical appearance (to see a picture of the defendant go here). Not surprisingly, there is some concern that the defendant's... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at Juries
According to the Brainerd Dispatch article below, two Minnesota prosecutors have been disciplined for going on Facebook to criticize jurors who acquitted a defendant in a criminal sexual misconduct case. The Facebook comments by the prosecutors have been subsequently removed.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Juries