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Vol. 27/No. 4 November 2015 Archive
by Adele Mantiply and Michelle A. Jones and Stanley L. Brodsky, Ph.D.Posted on December 1, 2015 | No CommentsSchadenfreude, the experience of taking pleasure from the distress of another, is often in the courtroom. While schadenfreude might be a natural and understandable reaction to the contentious and possibly emotional environment of a courtroom, these researchers also address whether it can lead to harmful effects, and end by discussing ways to examine this phenomenon empirically.
by Alexis Forbes, Ph.D. and Will Rountree, J.D., Ph.D.Posted on December 1, 2015 | 1 CommentAs the litigation environment continues to evolve, we need to prepare witnesses for whom English is not a first language and those with limited English proficiency (LEP). Here, two trial consultants walk us through the issues inherent in witness preparation when your witness is not proficient in English and give strategies for sensitivity and success in witness preparation with LEP witnesses.
Revealing Juror Bias Without Biasing Your Juror: Experimental Evidence For Best Practice Survey And Voir Dire Questionsby Mykol C. Hamilton, PhD and Kate Zephyrhawke, MAPosted on December 1, 2015 | 13 CommentsProspective jurors "know" the "right answer" to the questions on whether they can be fair and unbiased. But in this research, two academics show us how traditional voir dire and survey questions pose the question in a way that elicits a drastic under-reporting of individual biases. This article shows how to ask questions to help jurors acknowledge their biases (which we all have) in ways that does not shame them or make them feel like "bad people" for having biases.
by Christopher S. Peters, Ph.D. and James Michael Lampinen, Ph.D.Posted on December 1, 2015 | 1 CommentAs you plan the structure of your case narrative, here's a novel idea for figuring out what prospective jurors find most intriguing about your case. These researchers used a card sort task to have jurors identify which aspects of the case they wanted to hear about first. It's an intriguing look at case presentation planning.
by Douglas L. Keene, Ph.D. and Rita R. Handrich, Ph.D.Posted on December 1, 2015 | 6 Comments13 lessons gleaned from mock jurors over more than 15 years of patent and intellectual property work. In cases involving computer hardware and software, industrial processes, mechanical devices, logos and color schemes, tag lines and slogans—jurors have told us what is important to them about disputes involving patents, copyrights, trademarks, and creativity.
by ASTC Member Trial ConsultantsPosted on December 1, 2015 | 1 CommentLike many of you, we travel all the time. And we have secrets that help us get around faster, more comfortably and tips on what to make sure and carry with you in the air, on the ground or even, underground! Thanks to the generosity of these frequent flyers—these trial […]
Note from the Editor: Jurors Researching, Schadenfreude in Court, Non-English Speaking Witnesses, and So Much More!Posted on December 1, 2015 | No CommentsAs crisp fall weather comes in (finally) for some of us and snow is falling (and piling up) for others, we are happy to bring you our last issue for 2015. This is an eclectic issue with multiple articles we think you will find of interest! We start with some […]