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Thaddeus Hoffmeister
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I thought the article below would serve as a good contrast to Sunday's post on the NJ bill that allows citizens to volunteer for jury service. Apparently, the sheriff in Eau Claire, WI has resorted to rounding up people on... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Juries
It should come as no surprise that it will take some time to find 24 (12 alternatives the most I have ever seen) impartial jurors for the James Holmes death penalty trial. The article below highlights the myriad of excuses... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Juries
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Last year, New Jersey Assemblyman Craig J. Coughlin introduced legislation (A2949) to allow New Jersey residents to volunteer for jury service. Here is a nice summary of the bill. Under the bill, every county clerk shall annually maintain a list... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Juries
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The trial judge in the Tsarnaev death penalty case has ordered the defense's third change of venue motion sealed (to read about the earlier change of venue motions go here). The judge issued this order to protect the privacy of... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Juries
The ABA Journal has an interesting article that discusses the role of the jury consultant and how it has evolved and expanded since the mid-1990s. ABA Journal: Jury consultants are changing with the times 20 years after the OJ verdict Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Juries
LA Times: Jury selection gets underway in Colorado theater massacre trial NPR Blog: Jury Selection To Start In Aurora, Colo., Mass Shooting Trial Denver Post: Seven more people released from Aurora theater shooting trial jury duty Time: James Holmes Murder... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Juries
Apparently, a few states offer jurors additional compensation in order to prevent jury duty from becoming a financial hardship. For example, in Colorado, jurors can claim financial hardship and seek additional compensation from the court. The Colorado law (13-71-125) on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at Juries
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Here is the Aaron Hernandez juror questionnaire. It appears to be fairly standard. Also, the trial judge in this case has ruled that the public may watch the voir dire process but they are not entitled to hear the verbal... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at Juries
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On Friday, February, 16th, 2015, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is offering a CLE course on jurors and sex offenses. Here is a brief program description. Men and women fighting in the Middle East had a term for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Juries
Here is an interesting article that briefly discusses how jurors may receive information in the future. With virtual reality, jurors will have the opportunity to see a 3-D visual reconstruction of evidence such as a crime scene. According to the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Juries
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This article, in which I am quoted, talks about the large number of jurors summoned for James Holmes' murder trial. In fact, this may be the largest number of jurors ever summoned in the history of the United States for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Juries
My NY Times article on the Tsarnaev trial Thaddeus Hoffmeister, a professor at the University of Dayton School of Law, is the author of "Social Media in the Courtroom" and the editor of Juries. Updated January 7, 2015, 10:24 PM... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Juries
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Andrew Guthrie Ferguson Abstract: This article addresses the disruptive impact of big data technologies on jury selection. Jury selection requires personal information about potential jurors. Current selection practices, however, collect very little information about citizens, and litigants picking jury panels... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Juries
Apparently one of the Ferguson, Missouri grand jurors who heard evidence about the killing of Michael Brown by law enforcement wants to talk about the case but can't without violating the law. Thus, this former grand juror with the help... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Juries
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Jury selection begins today in the death penalty trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who is facing 30 criminal charges related to homicide and terrorism. Tsarnaev is alleged to have carried out the Boston Marathon bombing with his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Juries
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Good story on the challenges of getting a jury of your peers. NPR: Finding A Jury Of Your Peers Actually Is Pretty Complicated Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2014 at Juries
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Tanneika Minott (to access the entire article go here) Advancements in technology have now made it possible for scientists to provide assessments of an individual’s mental state. Through neuroimaging, scientists can create visual images of the brain that depict whether... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at Juries
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Boston Herald: Judge denies Tsarnaev request for 10 extra juror challenges In denying Tsarnaev's request, federal judge George A. O'Toole Jr stated that the federal rules do not allow for providing additional peremptories. As a result, Tsarnaev will have to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2014 at Juries
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In Tomikia Davis v. Abbas Husain the NJ high court held that: Post-verdict discussions between the court and discharged jurors are prohibited unless those discussions are part of a hearing ordered on good cause shown pursuant to Rule 1:16-1. Discussions... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2014 at Juries
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Mona Lynch Craig Haney Emotion, Authority, and Death: (Raced) Negotiations in Mock Capital JuryDeliberations Abstract: This article explores the role of emotion in the capital penalty-phase jury deliberations process. It is based on the qualitative analysis of data from ninety... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2014 at Juries
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For background information on the bill go here. Herald-News: Raising juror pay, reducing juries gets mixed reviews Chicago Tribune: Jury duty pay increase coming next year Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2014 at Juries
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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 Dec 19, 2014 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 Dec 18, 2014 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 Dec 17, 2014 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 Dec 16, 2014 at Juries