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- Steven Margolis on Atticus Finch Would Not Approve: Why a Courtroom Full of Reptiles Is a Bad Idea
- Bill Doogue (@billdoogue) on No Such Thing As A Sure Thing: Neuroscience, The Insanity Defense, and Sentencing Mitigation
- Kathy Kellermann PhD (@KKComCon) on Trial Advocacy: Truthiness, Falsiness, and Nothingness
- Kathy Kellermann PhD (@KKComCon) on Jury Expert Top Ten Accessed Articles for 2013
- Members selection | Court-Martial Trial Practice on Why Do We Ask Jurors To Promise That They Will Do the Impossible?
- billhommel (@billhommel) on The Closing Argument: Telling the Future, Not the Past
- @StevenSelbe on The Closing Argument: Telling the Future, Not the Past
- @jakobiwill on Do We Need Einsteins in the Jury Box? The Role and Impact of Juror IQ
Jury Experiences Archive
by Susan MacphersonPosted on February 6, 2014 | 13 CommentsStop asking jurors to do the impossible!
by Ronald J. Matlon, Ph.D.Posted on August 1, 2013 | No CommentsAll potential jurors have biases and prejudices. Individual bias stems from all we experience, and shapes the perceptions we, as jurors, have of evidence. These perceptions can certainly influence final jury verdicts. Identifying juror bias is critical. Yet, “the detection of juror bias is a serious challenge in contemporary jury […]
by Ken Broda-Bahm, Ph.D.Posted on August 1, 2013 | No CommentsThis scenario happens at some point in nearly every voir dire. First, a juror reveals a bias for or against one of the parties. Juror: I just really don’t trust big companies. What with all the media stories and all the scandals, well, I just think that they are in […]
by Douglas Keene, Ph.D.Posted on August 1, 2013 | 1 CommentWhy focus groups? Properly conducted focus groups are extremely useful in getting reactions to a wide array of aspects of the case. While it is not prudent to expect that the “verdict” of a small group research project will be repeated at trial, it is very likely that the same […]
by Merrie Jo Pitera, Ph.DPosted on August 1, 2013 | No CommentsThe Problem Human beings, especially jurors, like to believe they can prevent bad things from happening if they do the right thing. As a result, when something bad occurs, jurors find it comforting to assume, with the benefit of hindsight, that someone did the wrong thing and that they (the […]
by Alan Tuerkheimer, M.A., J.D.Posted on August 1, 2013 | 1 CommentIt’s time for voir dire, but is anybody listening? Are jurors listening to attorneys? Are attorneys listening to jurors? More often than not the answer is no. Regardless of case type or jurisdiction, jurors are checking out. Their attention spans are flat-lining during a crucial phase of trial – voir […]
by ASTC Member Trial ConsultantsPosted on August 1, 2013 | 1 CommentVideos from the ABA’s 2012 National Symposium of the American Jury System: The Optimal Jury Trial are now available for viewing on line. http://www.americanbar.org/groups/justice_center/american_jury.html The symposium included panels on jury size and jury selection, jurors asking questions, giving preliminary jury instructions on the law, allowing attorneys to make interim statements […]
by Nell B. Pawlenko, Ph.D. and Richard A. Wise, J.D., Ph.D. and Martin A. Safer, Ph.D. and Brett Holfeld, M.S.Posted on May 31, 2013 | No CommentsHow a simple and free method of teaching jurors [and those law enforcement officials that come before] can help them assess eyewitness accuracy.
by Jaime Bochantin, Ph.D.Posted on November 28, 2012 | No CommentsHow humor helps (or hinders) deliberations and how you can use humor style in voir dire.
by Andrea Krebel, Ph.D.Posted on May 29, 2012 | 14 CommentsHere's a look at the reasons why attorneys would do well to embrace rather than resist the submission of juror questions for witnesses.