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Thaddeus Hoffmeister
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California Globe: Convicted Felons Closer to Serving on California Juries Mother Jones: Jury Duty Is the Next Big Step for Felons' Rights OC Register: California moves to let felons serve on juries Hot Air: Should felons serve on juries? California... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Juries
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Jordan Blair Woods Abstract This chapter reviews a limited but emerging body of research on biases that arise and affect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) jurors as well as juror decision-making when LGBTQ individuals are involved in criminal... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Juries
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Michigan Supreme Court Contemplating Statewide Rule for Communication Devices Used in Courthouses The high court is seeking public comment on proposal that would do away with a current policy that has chief trial judges making the decision for their courthouses.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2019 at Juries
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Nina Chernoff Abstract In 1967, Charles Black described the “the ‘state action’ problem” as “the most important problem in American law,” and in 2019, racial inequality is one of the most important problems in the American criminal justice system. This... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2019 at Juries
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As some are aware, a defendant in a criminal trial has a 6th Amendment right to an impartial jury. To effectuate this right, jurors summoned to the courthouse must be called from a cross-section of the community. The SCT, in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2019 at Juries
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Should a Service Dog Participate in Jury Trials? Texas Judges Reconsidering Allowance in Courthouses Mickler the comfort dog has a history of accompanying victims of sexual abuse as they participate in jury trials in Austin. History informs us that he... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2019 at Juries
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Ned Snow Abstract For more than two-hundred years, the issue of fair use has been the province of the jury. That recently changed when the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals decided Oracle America, Inc. v. Google LLC. At issue was... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2019 at Juries
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Ever since Louisiana stopped allowing non-unanimous verdicts last year, there has been an increased interest in the last jurisdiction to allow such verdicts, Oregon. Below are the most recent news reports. KATU.com: Oregon's nonunanimous juries rooted in white nationalism Washingtonpost.com:... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2019 at Juries
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April Anderson Abstract Peremptory strikes on the basis of race, national origin, religion, and class are well-known problems in modern jury selection, and have led to calls to abolish peremptory strikes altogether. Defenders of peremptory strikes argue that they are... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2019 at Juries
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First, Louisiana overturned years of practice and voted to prohibit non-unanimous verdicts late last year. Now, the state is considering whether to allow former felons the ability to serve as jurors. House Bill 65, sponsored by Rep. Ted James, D-Baton... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2019 at Juries
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F. Andrew Hessick University of North Carolina School of Law Professor Elizabeth Fisher University of North Carolina School of Law Student Abstract Under the selective incorporation doctrine, provisions in the Bill of Rights are applied against the states if they... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2019 at Juries
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The ABA has an interesting story about the ongoing lawsuit against Monsanto in which plaintiffs allege that Monsanto Weed Killer causes cancer. Plaintiffs in one case filed a motion asking the court to prohibit Monsanto from using cellphone pop ads... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2019 at Juries
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South Carolina Bar Leaders Press for More Lawyer Involvement in Voir DireQuestioning in Civil Cases The South Carolina Lawyers Weekly reports that a committee of attorneys and court officials has been working for two years to convince bench and bar... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2019 at Juries
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Here is an article in the Jurist discussing the discrimination gay people face in the criminal justice system. The article primarily examines the harm that arises with jurors who have a gay bias. The article advocates for the SCT to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2019 at Juries
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Defense attorneys for El Chapo have filed their motion for retrial based on juror misconduct. To access the motion go here. For news articles on the filing go here. Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2019 at Juries
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Leslie Garfield Tenzer Abstract Judicial failure to recognize social media’s influence on juror decision making has identifiable constitutional implications. The Sixth Amendment right to a fair trial demands that courts grant a defendant’s change of venue motion when media-generated pretrial... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2019 at Juries
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Here is the transcript of yesterday's oral argument in Mississippi v. Flowers. Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2019 at Juries
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Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Mississippi v. Flowers. The issue before the court is whether the Mississippi Supreme Court erred in its application of Batson v. Kentucky. For more background on the case, go here.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2019 at Juries
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Jeffrey Abramson Abstract This Article reports on four federal jury challenges in which the trial judge or defendants retained the author to provide research on jury selection plans. The research shows a persistent and substantial loss of representation for African... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2019 at Juries
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Attorney David Ogden has written an article in the National Law Journal discussing why the Supreme Court should side with the petitioner in Flowers v. Mississippi. Flowers, scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court on March 20, will examine... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2019 at Juries
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92-Year Old Still Shows Up for Jury Duty – “It’s My Moral Obligation” Aphonsus O’Leary lived his teen years on a family farm in Ireland, and then returned to the United States after World War II. He remembers the Hindenberg... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2019 at Juries
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Here is a link to a recent podcast by Professor Shari Diamond in which she discusses many aspects of the jury. Below is a description of the podcast. Many people complain when a jury summons arrives, but when they actually... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2019 at Juries
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New York state senator Brian Benjamin recently introduced legislation to lift the state's ban on ex-felons serving as jurors. According to Benjamin, “[i]f a person has completed the sentence for a felony, that person should be considered rehabilitated and given... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2019 at Juries
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According to the Boston Herald newspaper, Massachusetts residents are more than willing to impose sentences of death in capital cases. Since Massachusetts has long ago banned the death penalty, these cases only arise in federal court. The article bases its... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2019 at Juries
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Greg Taylor Abstract Majority jury verdicts in criminal cases were introduced far earlier in South Australia than in most comparable places. A number of factors combined to produce this result: one was the South Australian Law Reform Commission of 1923–27,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2019 at Juries