In a recent interview with WCCO News, I was asked to provide insight into the jury questionnaire recently distributed to potential jurors for the George Floyd case.
In a high profile, media-saturated case involving racial issues, the jury questionnaire may be more helpful for the defense rather than the prosecution.
First, it encourages people who favor the side of prosecution to speak too freely about their preconceived opinions on the case, which can serve to document why...Read Full Article >
By Natalie Gordon, M.A., DOAR analyst
What makes for an effective anecdote? In health research, good anecdotes are considered an exercise in generalization: “We have generalized from the data to the anecdote; we can generalize from the anecdote about the data and generalize to other contexts and populations.” Applying this to a trial setting, your party’s narrative or case theme might be viewed as the “data,” and the “other contexts and populations” might refer to your jurors and their own personal experiences. Thus, the anecdote...Read Full Article >
DOAR’s Ellen Brickman, Ph.D. discusses the challenges faced by litigators during jury selection in White Collar Criminal matters and offers insightful strategies to help during jury selection in this New York Law Journal article.
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On August 23, 2017, I saw something historic happen. I saw jurors receive instructions about how to take steps to prevent the Internet from pushing case-relevant information to them. This instruction was of no small moment since the trial was certain to generate a great deal of media attention. New Jersey’s senior Senator, Robert Menendez, was about to be tried in a Newark, New Jersey federal courtroom for allegedly exerting political influence in exchange for gifts and favors from his co-defendant, ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen.
Abbe David Lowell...Read Full Article >