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Thaddeus Hoffmeister
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John Campbell Abstract Required by the Sixth and Seventh Amendment to the United States Constitution, jury trials underpin the justice system. Whether a criminal defendant walks free or spends the rest of his life in jail turns on a jury... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Juries
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I have heard of jurors regretting their decision to convict a defendant, but this is the first time I have heard of a juror actually testifying before a Parole Board. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that juror, Ross Geiger, testified... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Juries
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Here is an interesting story in the Omaha Herald about the unsuccessful efforts of two criminal defendants who used Facebook in an attempt to bribe jurors hearing their case Omaha.com: Rare attempt to buy off juror is latest calamity in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at Juries
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Elizabeth Papp Kamali Thomas Green Abstract Within a few years of Lateran IV’s prohibition of priestly involvement in trial by ordeal, England moved definitively toward a criminal justice system based on trial by jury. This paper will explore the underlying... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2018 at Juries
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Jury Selection System in Alaska Faces Challenge Eye on the Arctic reported on May 25, 2018 that the jury selection system used in Alaska has been challenged in the appeal of Teddy Kyle Smith. Mr. Smith was convicted of attempted... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2018 at Juries
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Louisiana recently passed a law to make individual votes by jurors anonymous. This only matters because Louisiana is one of two states, the other being Oregon, that allows 11-1 and 10-2 criminal verdicts. This new law prohibits judges from polling... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2018 at Juries
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As some may recall, former Congresswoman Corrine Brown was convicted last year of fraud related charges. She has subsequently appealed her case to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. In her initial brief, available here, she argues that the trial... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2018 at Juries
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Last week the Alaskan Court of Appeals heard an interesting argument brought by the attorney representing Teddy Kyle Smith, 50, who was convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to 99 years. According to Kelly Taylor, who represents Smith, her client... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2018 at Juries
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Perry Dane Abstract Jury nullification is the ability of juries to acquit criminal defendants even against the apparent weight of the law and the facts. This commentary asks whether jury nullification is a “bug” or a “feature” of the American... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2018 at Juries
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NYTimes.com: When Jurors Are Silenced Nola.com: Unanimous juries, an American standard Louisiana should adopt ... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2018 at Juries
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The NY Times has an interesting story about jury selection in the upcoming trial of Missouri Governor, Eric Greitens who is accused of taking an explicit photo of a woman without her consent. The governor and the woman photographed were... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2018 at Juries
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Why Many Judges and Lawyers Don’t Trust Social Science Research Nicholas Scurich of the Departments of Psychology & Social Behavior, and Criminology, Law & Society at the University of California recently published a paper titled, What do experimental simulations tell... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2018 at Juries
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El Chapo (Joaquin Guzman Loera), who faces federal charges related to leading the Sinaloa cartel, is being held in a high-security jail in Lower Manhattan. However, he will be tried in Brooklyn. Therefore, whenever he has to physically appear in... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2018 at Juries
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Metnews.com: California v. Douglas 2018 S.O.S. 2135 The Third District Court of Appeal has declared, in a 2-1 opinion, that a gay man convicted in connection with a shooting is entitled to a new trial because two prospective jurors who... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at Juries
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CNN: Juror on what sealed Cosby's fateHarrison Snyder served on the jury in the Bill Cosby trial and is speaking out about why he found the comedian guilty. https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2018/04/30/bill-cosby-juror-synder-gma-orig-vstop-bdk.cnn Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2018 at Juries
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William Dorsaneo Abstract This article provides a brief historical explanation of the role that juries have played in Anglo-American civil trial practice. In doing so, the article documents the rise and fall of jury trial practice as a mechanism for... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2018 at Juries
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Webinar: Jury Managers’ Toolbox New Features and Upgrades On May 11, 2018 from 3:00-4:15 pm ET there will be a webinar which will unveil all of the new features and upgrades to the Jury Managers’ Toolbox. The Jury Managers’ Toolbox... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2018 at Juries
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Noted jury scholar Valerie Hans has a new op-ed in Law.com. The article, found below, contrasts jury developments in both Argentina and the United States. According to the article, [t]he Argentine experience should remind us here in the United States... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2018 at Juries
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Lately, there has been a push in both Oregon and Louisiana, the only two states that don't require unanimous verdicts, to change their laws. Here are two news stories that examine the impact of non-unanimous verdicts in Louisiana. The first... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2018 at Juries
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According to the federal judge handling the trial of El Chapo (Joaquin Guzman Loera), who faces charges related to leading the Sinaloa cartel, he will need to call 800-1,000 jurors in order to sit a jury. Jury selection, which will... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2018 at Juries
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Leona Deborah Jochnowitz Abstract This paper examines a sample of Capital Jury Project (CJP 1) cases with available trial transcripts in which jurors were presented with mitigating intellectual disability evidence and may have been confused by issues of proof, definitions,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2018 at Juries
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Alex Fischer, a juror who helped convict reputed mobster Whitey Bulger, has recently written a fictional book entitled The Truth Be Damned. The book is fictional but appears to be based on her experience in the Whitey Bulger trial. To... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2018 at Juries
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Here is a summary of the fellowship. The Civil Jury Project at NYU School of Law (Project) invites applications for a Research Fellow for 1 year beginning August 16, 2018. The position is ideally suited for a soon-to- be or... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2018 at Juries
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According to the new Washington Supreme Court General Rule 37: Upon objection to the exercise of a peremptory challenge pursuant to this rule, the party exercising the peremptory challenge shall articulate the reasons that the peremptory challenge has been exercised.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2018 at Juries
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Jurors with Disabilities The booklet titled Jurors with Disabilities: A discussion of the Americans with Disabilities Act and other statutory requirements requiring accommodations for the disabled, and practical information to be compliant has been released. It has two related resources,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2018 at Juries