According to Department of Justice statistics, the number of qui tam actions has more than doubled over the last ten years. In order to best advise our clients as they respond to this marked increase in activity, DOAR conducted focus group research designed to identify the key factors that contribute to jurors’ perceptions of whistleblowers and defending companies, and how juror attitudes can be altered.
A presentation of DOAR’s research, findings and recommendations is available to corporate legal departments and the lawyers who represent them. Click here to...Read Full Article >
Do Instructions Actually Help Jurors Evaluate Eyewitness Testimony?
Mistaken eyewitness identifications are a leading cause of wrongful convictions. Even with procedural safeguards in place (e.g., cross-examination and jury instructions), jurors still have difficulty evaluating the reliability of eyewitness identifications. In 2011, the New Jersey Supreme Court rendered a landmark decision in NJ v. Henderson in which the Court determined that, if the defendant can show evidence of suggestibility, the judge should instruct the jury on the potential impact of certain variables known to affect the accuracy of eyewitness identification....Read Full Article >
We are pleased to announce that we will host our first Corporate Litigation Symposium on November 17, 18 and 19. We invite you to participate in this 3-part virtual event encompassing expert sessions on witness preparation strategy, effectively presenting Mortgage-Backed Securities (MBS) cases, and Internet-based research of jurors during jury selection. A registration link is provided below for each session and you’ll receive your confirmation and dial-in information upon registration:
November 17 (12:00pm ET): “Center Out” – We will discuss the importance of witness testimony to trial...Read Full Article >
Internet Research on Jurors During Voir Dire
A DOAR WebinarDate: November 19, 2015 Time: 12:00pm ET
Register online today.
Much attention has been focused on the role of the Internet in jury selection and the importance of conducting Internet searches of prospective jurors during jury selection (i.e., not doing so may be akin to incompetence of counsel). At the same time, a total ban on communicating with jurors must be assured. Even inadvertent signs of an attorney’s visit left behind – electronic footprints –...Read Full Article >