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Thaddeus Hoffmeister
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Yesterday, the trial judge handling the Bill Cosby sexual assault case determined that the case will not be moved out of Montgomery County, PA. However, the jurors who will decide Cosby's fate will come from a different county and will... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at Juries
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A public defender in Florida offers a few suggestions on how to make jury pools more diverse. OrlandoSentinel.com: Fix problems with juries in Orange-Osceola circuit We have problems in Orange and Osceola counties (the Ninth Judicial Circuit) summoning jurors that... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Juries
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AL.com: AL Senate passes bill to give juries final say on death sentences The Alabama Senate today overwhelmingly approved a bill that would give juries the final say on whether someone convicted of a capital crime is sentenced to life... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Juries
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Here is a link to Judge Bennett's instructions to jurors about implicit bias. Do not decide the case based on “implicit biases.” As we discussed in jury selection, everyone, including me, has feelings, assumptions, perceptions, fears, and stereotypes, that is,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Juries
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Noted jury scholar Valerie Hans is looking for a post-doc to assist with a research project on Quantitative Judgments in Law: Studies of Damage Award Decision Making. I'm looking for a post-doc! Cornell Law School is seeking a Postdoctoral Associate... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Juries
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New Hampshire has drawn one step closer to creating a new law requiring courts to inform "the jury of its right to judge the facts and the application of the law in relation to the facts in controversy.” This week... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Juries
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Taunya Lovell Banks Civil Trials: A Film Illusion? Abstract The right to trial in civil cases is enshrined in the United States Constitution* and most state constitutions. Most people, laypersons and legal professionals alike, consider trials an essential component of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at Juries
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Law360, Dallas (February 9, 2017, 3:19 PM EST) -- Prosecutors in the felony securities fraud case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Thursday accused him of orchestrating a two-year crusade to taint the jury pool in his home county,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Juries
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Gainesville.com: Florida senators to consider unanimous juries in death cases A Senate committee could begin moving forward Monday with a plan to require unanimous jury recommendations before inmates can be sentenced to death. The Senate Criminal Justice Committee is slated... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Juries
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Jury Related Opinion by Circuit Judge Neil M. Gorsuch Supreme Court Nominee Judge Neil M. Gorsuch wrote an opinion in 2008 in US v. John Charles Poole (10th Circuit). Although this case does not have much value as precedence due... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at Juries
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Ted Miller Mark Cohen Delia Hendrie Noneconomic Damages Due to Physical and Sexual Assault: Estimates from Civil Jury Awards Abstract: This paper presents a detailed study of jury awards for compensatory damages to victims of crime. Such awards typically result... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Juries
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James P. Dunlea Rebecca Helm Motivated Cognition and Juror Interpretation of Scientific Evidence: Applying Cultural Cognition to Interpretation of Forensic Testimony Abstract: This paper reports the results of a study investigating how jurors interpret and digest scientific evidence when it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at Juries
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Philadelphia’s Juror Participation Committee CBS Philly reported on January 24, 2017 that Philadelphia has created a Juror Participation Initiative Committee to find solution for the jurisdiction's low juror response rate. Currently, 42% of summoned people fail to respond. Judge Sheila... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at Juries
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'Juror' Blog Posts During and After Trial Lead to Evidentiary Hearing (U.S. v. Mark Zimny) In U.S. v. Mark Zimny, a jury found the defendant, Mark J. Zimny (Zimny), guilty of five counts of wire fraud, five counts of engaging... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at Juries
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High court won't examine Ala. death penalty law The US Supreme Court will not hear arguments regarding Alabama's death penalty system, the only one in the nation that allows judges to impose the death sentence even when juries do not... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at Juries
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ABA Journal: Caught on Tape: Is slow-motion video biasing jurors? The use of slow-motion video has become common in criminal cases. But a new study has found that watching crimes at slower speeds leads viewers to falsely believe perps have... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at Juries
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Johnathan Michael Barnes Tailored Jury Instructions: Using Syntactic Measures to Draft Instructions for a Specific Jury Abstract: The judicial practice of pattern jury instructions causes disingenuous application of the law and continues to be a problem across the United States.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at Juries
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Juries and Lay Participation. Nancy Marder from Chicago-Kent College of Law offers a comparative perspective on the jury, surveying the different ways in which laypersons are used and controlled in different common law and civil law systems. Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2017 at Juries
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A recent Wall Street Journal article provided a brief historical overview of the jury. WSJ: Juries, From the Ancient Athenians to '12 Angry Men' Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2017 at Juries
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Article on Juror Questions Judge Jeannine Turgeon, Court of Common Pleas, Dauphin County (Harrisburg, PA) published an article in the January-February, 2017 edition of The Pennsylvania Lawyer titled, Permitting Jurors to Ask Questions During Trials: Is it a solution to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2017 at Juries
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Reagan Rose Hillel Bavli Guiding Jurors with Prior-Award Information: A Randomized Experiment Abstract Jurors receive little guidance in determining awards for pain and suffering and punitive damages. Consequently, these awards are notoriously unpredictable, undermining the law’s objectives and causing a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at Juries
Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Doss On December 15, 2016, the Supreme Court of Kentucky issued an opinion in Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Doss. Mr. Doss was charged with theft and he is African-American. During his first trial, after the jury... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at Juries
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The January Newsletter from the Civil Jury Project is now available. Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at Juries
Interesting and useful 6 page opinion. (Court of Appeals of New York) - Conviction for manslaughter is reversed where the trial court abused its discretion by prohibiting defense counsel from questioning prospective jurors about their views on involuntary confessions. People... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at Juries
(Court of Appeals of New York) This appeal requires us to consider whether skin color of a prospective juror is a cognizable classification upon which a challenge to a prosecutor's use of peremptory strikes under Batson v Kentucky (476 US... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at Juries