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Thaddeus Hoffmeister
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Startribune.com: Excluded from a Minnesota grand jury, deaf man sues for the right to serve Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Juries
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Michigan Reflects on Its 2012 G. Thomas Munsterman Award The Detroit News published an article by former Michigan Chief Justice Robert P. Young on July 27, 2017, that reflects on the jury innovation accomplishments in the state of Michigan that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at Juries
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...While the federal criminal system permits juries to consider cases in total anonymity, New York State has a more restrictive law that allows the addresses of jurors to be withheld from the public and the parties at a trial, but... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at Juries
US District Judge William Martinez on Thursday reversed a jury-nullification advocacy group's permission to pass out pamphlets outside a Denver courthouse. Martinez said the group was insulting judicial employees, and he also held Denver in contempt for not properly notifying... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at Juries
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Francis X. Shen Abstract The American criminal justice system relies upon jurors to regularly decode the mental states of criminal defendants. These determinations are often of black and Hispanic defendants, making “minority mens rea” a centerpiece of the justice process.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at Juries
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State of Iowa v. Kevin Plain, Sr. On June 30, the Iowa Supreme Court decided State of Iowa v. Kevin Plain, Sr. Factually, an all-white jury in Black Hawk County convicted the defendant, a black man, of one count of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at Juries
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Here are two more jury-related stories connected to the Ray Tensing trial. Tensing, a University of Cincinnati police officer, was charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Sam Dubose, an African-American motorist. After two hung juries,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at Juries
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Remittitur The Supreme Court of Arizona rendered an opinion in Soto v, Sacco on July 13, 2017. Mr. Soto had a broken arm as a result of a motorcycle accident caused by defendant Sacco. At trial, the only issue for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at Juries
While the title of the article below may be a little misleading (apparently I am not the only one who felt that way), the article is nonetheless a good read, especially if you want to know more about how the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at Juries
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The Iowa Supreme Court, in State v. Plain, recently made it a little easier for minorities to challenge the racial make-up of the jury pool. Instead of relying solely on the "absolute disparity test" to determine the jury pool minority... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at Juries
Did a Juror Lie in Voir Dire? The Supreme Court of North Dakota rendered an opinion in State v. Glick on July 12, 2017. Mr. Glick was charged with aggravated assault. During voir dire, the jurors were asked, "Is there... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at Juries
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Ronald Wright Kami Chavis Gregory Scott Parks Abstract Lawyers treat jury selection — no surprise here — as an issue to litigate. In this article, we stand outside the litigator’s role and look at jury selection from the viewpoint of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Juries
MedCityNews.com: 5 Of The Best Juror Excuses In The Martin Shkreli Case Thus Far Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at Juries
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NYTimes.com: What Divided the Cosby Jurors? Words, for One Thing Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at Juries
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Maria Ines Bergoglio National University of Cordoba Abstract In 2004, the Argentine Province of Córdoba implemented lay participation in criminal decisions by means of Law 9182. It adopted a mixed tribunal with a lay majority for criminal trials in which... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at Juries
ArsTechnica.com: Potential jurors call Shkreli evil, snake—one blamed him for EpiPen price Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at Juries
ABAJournal.com: A federal court asks jurors to confront their hidden biases Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at Juries
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Interesting op-ed in CNN that discusses the Cosby jury and the power of one juror. CNN.com: In Cosby Trial, the Awesome Power of Jurors Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at Juries
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Understanding the Effects of Unconscious Bias A video by the U.S. Courts titled, “Understanding the Effects of Unconscious Bias” was published on Youtube on June 21, 2017. It features U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour (W.D. of Washington) introducing the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at Juries
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In the case of United States v. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the answer to that question is "no." As some may recall, Sgt. Bergdahl is facing a military court-martial for walking away from his unit in Afghanistan. After leaving his unit,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at Juries
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Following the growing trend nationally, the Civil Jury Project is advocating allowing jurors to ask questions. I have long been a proponent of juror questions. For prior posts on this topic go here. Law360.com: Innovating For Wise Juries: Juror-Posed Questions Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at Juries
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WashingtonPost.com: ‘I would probably have convicted,’ says man who claims to be a Bill Cosby alternate juror Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at Juries
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The article below criticizes a proposal in Oregon to record grand jury testimony. The author is a DA who previously served as president of the Oregon District Attorney's Association. OregonLive.com: Recording Oregon's Grand Juries is Wrong Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2017 at Juries
One of the questions concerned the definition of "reasonable doubt." Jurors around the country have routinely struggled with determining when reasonable doubt exists. For background on jurors and reasonable doubt go here. Philly.com: Cosby Jurors Return With Questions on the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at Juries
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The Consequences of Juror Sequestration The New York Times published a story on June 12, 2017 titled, Juries in High-Profile Cases Like Cosby Trial Face Special Pressure. The article explores the additional stresses that jurors can experience resulting sequestration in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at Juries