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Reginald Wilson Abstract This paper exploits the Social Identity Theory and auditing expertise literature to examine jurors’ perceptions of auditor negligence following an alleged audit failure in which an accounting firm provides aggressive tax services (ATS) to the audit client.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Juries
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Press Release: New website offers resources for high-profile trials A high-profile case can land in your court with little or no warning. If unprepared, such cases can create chaos, absorb resources, and place your court at the center of an... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Juries
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Recently, the Wisconsin Supreme Court in Parsons v. Associated Banc-Corp., 2017 WI 37 made it easier for parties to waive their rights to a jury trial. In rendering its decision, the state high court reversed an appellate court that held... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Juries
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In the article below, Susan Constantine, pictured above, discusses her work with juror facial recognition software. LegalTechNews.com: Jury Consulting Gets Emotional With the Help of Technology Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at Juries
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Josh Bowers Upside-Down Juries Abstract The practical disappearance of the jury trial ranks among the most widely examined topics in American criminal justice. But, by focusing on trial scarcity, scholars have managed to tell only part of the story. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Juries
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Juror Utilization Article Quartz published an article on April 10, 2017 about juror utilization. Alan Krueger, a prominent Princeton economist and former chairman of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers was summoned to jury service in New Jersey for a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at Juries
AL.com: Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signs bill: Judges can no longer override juries in death penalty cases Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Juries
Jeri Neff A Pyrrhic Victory: Why California's Grand Jury Law (Still) Won't Hold Officers Liable for Murder Abstract Following a string of controversial police killings, California's S.B. 227 sought to remove what many perceived was a ploy for prosecutors to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Juries
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The Civil Jury Project would like to invite you to an event we are hosting titled Dr. Bull and the Jury’s Role on April 17 at 5:00 pm at NYU School of Law. The event will focus on CBS’ wildly... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Juries
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Informed Delivery The United States Postal Service will complete its roll out of Informed Delivery in 2017. USPS has scanned the front of all first-class letters for a number of years. Recently, they began making this information available to the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2017 at Juries
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Op-ed by Professor Valerie Hans a noted jury scholar Hill.com: Judicial override in death penalty sets dangerous precedent Should a judge or a jury have the power to decide that a capital defendant will die? That question is at the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Juries
To make hotel reservations for the ASTC conference at the Westin Rosemont, IL please call 888-627-8517 and ask for the group rate of $189. Reservations must be made by Monday, May 15, 2017 to receive the group rate. Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Juries
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The Civil Jury Project's April newsletter is available here. This edition has articles by both Professor Jeffrey Abramson and E. Pierre Deess who take opposing views on the recent Supreme Court decision Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado. As some will recall, this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Juries
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Alabama, the last remaining state to allow judges to override the recommendation of jurors with respect to a death sentence, appears to be close to prohibiting the practice through legislation. On Tuesday, the Alabama House of Representatives voted 78 to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Juries
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Mark Coen Jonathan Doak Abstract: English juries do not provide reasons for their verdicts. This article argues that transparency is a fundamental value in modern decision-making, and that reform is needed to trial by jury so that verdicts are routinely... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at Juries
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Unlike many other jurisdictions, the United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas has some very extensive rules about researching jurors. Fortunately, the folks at Courtroom Logic blog have created a primer to explain them. Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2017 at Juries
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Interesting article that discusses the efforts of a former death penalty juror and two state lawmakers who want to change the jury instructions given to capital juries. According to the juror, the instructions, as currently written, made him believe that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2017 at Juries
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Juror’s Remorse? The Texas Tribune reported a story on March 28, 2017 about Juror Sven Berger. Mr. Berger was a member of a capital jury that voted to convict and recommended execution of a defendant in 2008 in a Texas... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at Juries
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A New Jersey appellate court in Noren v. Heartland Payment Systems recently examined the enforceability of jury waivers in civil trials. In Noren, the plaintiff had signed an employment agreement with the following language: irrevocably waive any right to trial... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at Juries
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Brandon L. Garrett Daniel A. Krauss Nicholas Scurich Capital Jurors in an Era of Death Penalty Decline Abstract The state of public opinion regarding the death penalty has not experienced such flux since the late 1960s. Death sentences and executions... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Juries
Student Poster Competition To promote student research in the area of litigation science, the Research Committee of the American Society of Trial Consultants (ASTC) is sponsoring a Student Poster Competition at the ASTC Annual Conference. Submit your poster soon! The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at Juries
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Listen to jury expert Professor Andrew Ferguson discuss using big data to select jurors on WNYC. Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at Juries
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Negative Article about Treatment of LEP Jurors in Queens, NY The Daily News reported on March 20, 2017 that four judges in Queens, NY threatened prospective jurors with limited English proficiency with mandatory English classes. The story claims that 6... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at Juries
Cleveland.com: Jury that convicted Cleveland woman of murder blasts police investigation in letter to judge Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at Juries
The judge in the Aaron Hernandez murder trial recently warned the jurors in the case about posting information on social media. This warning came about because someone, who claimed to be juror #8 in the Hernandez trial, posted the following... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Juries