Current Issue - November 2014, Vol. 26 No. 4

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  • Authored by Doug Keene and Rita Handrich with a response from Paul Begala, this article takes a look at how the country has changed over the past 2 decades and our old definitions of Democrat or Republican and conservative or liberal are simply no longer useful. What does that mean for voir dire? What should it mean for voir dire? Two very good questions those.

    Demographic Roulette: What Was Once a Bad Idea Has Gotten Worse

    by Douglas L. Keene, Ph.D.
    and Rita R. Handrich, Ph.D.

    Authored by Doug Keene and Rita Handrich with a response from Paul Begala, this article takes a look at how the country has changed over the past 2 decades and our old definitions of Democrat or Republican and conservative or liberal are simply no longer useful. What does that mean for voir dire? What should it mean for voir dire? Two very good questions those.

  • Authored by Ivar Hannikainen, Ryan Miller and Fiery Cushman with responses from Ken Broda-Bahm and Alison Bennett, this article has a lesson for us all. It isn’t what that terrible, awful defendant did that makes me want to punish, it’s how I think I would feel if I did that sort of terrible, horrible awful thing. That’s what makes me want to punish you. It’s an interesting perspective when we consider what makes jurors determine lesser or greater punishment.

    If It Feels Bad to Me, It’s Wrong for You: The Role of Emotions in Evaluating Harmful Acts

    by Ivar Hannikainen, Ph.D.
    and Ryan Miller
    and Fiery Cushman, Ph.D.

    Authored by Ivar Hannikainen, Ryan Miller and Fiery Cushman with responses from Ken Broda-Bahm and Alison Bennett, this article has a lesson for us all. It isn’t what that terrible, awful defendant did that makes me want to punish, it’s how I think I would feel if I did that sort of terrible, horrible awful thing. That’s what makes me want to punish you. It’s an interesting perspective when we consider what makes jurors determine lesser or greater punishment.

  • Authored by Jillian M. Ware, Jessica L. Jones, and Nick Schweitzer with responses from Ekaterina Pivovarova and Stanley L. Brodsky, Adam Shniderman, and Ron Bullis. Remember how fearful everyone was about the CSI Effect when the research on the ‘pretty pictures’ of neuroimagery came out? In the past few years, several pieces of research have sought to replicate and extend the early findings. These studies, however, failed to find support for the idea that neuroimages unduly influence jurors. This overview catches us up on the literature with provocative ideas as to where neurolaw is now.

    Neuroimagery and the Jury

    by Jillian M. Ware
    and Jessica L. Jones
    and N.J. Schweitzer, Ph.D.

    Authored by Jillian M. Ware, Jessica L. Jones, and Nick Schweitzer with responses from Ekaterina Pivovarova and Stanley L. Brodsky, Adam Shniderman, and Ron Bullis. Remember how fearful everyone was about the CSI Effect when the research on the ‘pretty pictures’ of neuroimagery came out? In the past few years, several pieces of research have sought to replicate and extend the early findings. These studies, however, failed to find support for the idea that neuroimages unduly influence jurors. This overview catches us up on the literature with provocative ideas as to where neurolaw is now.

  • Authored by Matthew Groebe, Garold Stasser, and Kevin-Khristián Cosgriff-Hernandez, this paper gives insight into how jurors may be leaning in support of one side or the other at various points during the trial. This is a project completed using data from actual mock trials (and not the ubiquitous undergraduate).

    Predicting Jurors’ Verdict Preference from Behavioral Mimicry

    by Matthew Groebe, Ph.D.
    and Garold Stasser, Ph.D.
    and Kevin-Khristián Cosgriff-Hernandez, M.A.

    Authored by Matthew Groebe, Garold Stasser, and Kevin-Khristián Cosgriff-Hernandez, this paper gives insight into how jurors may be leaning in support of one side or the other at various points during the trial. This is a project completed using data from actual mock trials (and not the ubiquitous undergraduate).

  • What works best when organizing thoughts and tasks? Free association or maintaining order? Our Favorite Thing gives you the best of both worlds.

    Favorite Thing: Mind Map

    by Brian Patterson

    What works best when organizing thoughts and tasks? Free association or maintaining order? Our Favorite Thing gives you the best of both worlds.

  • Authored by Mykol C. Hamilton, Emily Lindon, Madeline Pitt, and Emily K. Robbins, with responses from Charli Morris and Diane Wiley, this article looks at how to not “prehabilitate” your jurors and offers ideas about alternate ways of asking the question rather than the tired, old “can you be fair and unbiased?”.

    The Ubiquitous Practice of “Prehabilitation” Leads Prospective Jurors to Conceal Their Biases

    by Mykol C. Hamilton, Ph.D.
    and Emily Lindon, B.S.
    and Madeline Pitt, B.S.
    and Emily K. Robbins, B.S.

    Authored by Mykol C. Hamilton, Emily Lindon, Madeline Pitt, and Emily K. Robbins, with responses from Charli Morris and Diane Wiley, this article looks at how to not “prehabilitate” your jurors and offers ideas about alternate ways of asking the question rather than the tired, old “can you be fair and unbiased?”.

  • Authored by Shelby Forsythe and Monica K. Miller, with a response from Richard Gabriel. This article examines the reactions of research participants to a number of novel defenses (Amnesia, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Battered Women Syndrome (BWS), Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD), Post-Partum Depression (PPD), and Gay Panic Defense) and makes recommendations on how (as well as whether or not) to use these defenses.

    Novel Defenses in the Courtroom

    by Shelby Forsythe
    and Monica K. Miller, J.D., Ph.D.

    Authored by Shelby Forsythe and Monica K. Miller, with a response from Richard Gabriel. This article examines the reactions of research participants to a number of novel defenses (Amnesia, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Battered Women Syndrome (BWS), Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD), Post-Partum Depression (PPD), and Gay Panic Defense) and makes recommendations on how (as well as whether or not) to use these defenses.

  • Authored by David M. Caditz with responses from Roy Futterman and Edward Schwartz. Suppose there was a more predictable, accurate and efficient way of exercising your peremptory strikes? Like using a computer model based on game theory? In this article, a physicist presents his thoughts on making those final decisions more logical and rational and based on the moves opposing counsel is likely to make.

    On The Application of Game Theory in Jury Selection

    by David Caditz, Ph.D.

    Authored by David M. Caditz with responses from Roy Futterman and Edward Schwartz. Suppose there was a more predictable, accurate and efficient way of exercising your peremptory strikes? Like using a computer model based on game theory? In this article, a physicist presents his thoughts on making those final decisions more logical and rational and based on the moves opposing counsel is likely to make.

  • As we reach the dog days of summer and triple digit temperatures (and humidity pushing triple digits in some parts of the country), it’s a perfect time to sit in air-conditioned comfort with an adult beverage and ponder the plethora of possibilities in this penultimate Jury Expert issue for 2014. […]

    New political labels, a new word (prehabilitation) and new ways to think about many things

    by Rita R. Handrich, Ph.D.

    As we reach the dog days of summer and triple digit temperatures (and humidity pushing triple digits in some parts of the country), it’s a perfect time to sit in air-conditioned comfort with an adult beverage and ponder the plethora of possibilities in this penultimate Jury Expert issue for 2014. […]