Has the MeToo movement affected juries’ openness to sexual harassment allegations?
Concerns about so-called “spillover effects” abound in the legal system. As a result, trial separation (“bifurcation”) is used in cases where evidence about one decision might bias a separate, but related decision.
In DOAR’s web series “Sidebar,” Jury Consultant Roy Futterman, Ph.D. provides his insights, analysis and commentary on the state of the world from the intersection of the legal system, popular culture and the zeitgeist.
Join us for a heady mélange of juries, judges, the nature of consciousness, physics, metaphysics, the multiverse, the Oracle at Delphi, edibles before dinner, something tangentially related to the law, and the illusory feeling of having a self, won’t you?
By Natalie Gordon, M.A., Ph.D. student, DOAR analyst
When Donald Trump was elected president in 2016, many Americans asked—how did this happen? Some attributed it to James Comey’s decision to re-open the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s e-mails just days earlier, while others looked farther back in time to Trump’s success on the Apprentice. This investigation into what led Trump to become President exemplifies the human inclination to create causal chains when trying to understand events. And we do this all the time, whether we’re trying to understand...