In his think piece “Are We Driving Jurors To The Internet?” published in Bloomberg Law, DOAR Director and Clinical Psychologist Roy Futterman, Ph.D. discusses jurors’ rampant use of the internet. Is this new widespread behavior actually a reasonable reaction to our centuries-old concerns about the misuse of rhetoric and unduly influencing material?Read Full Article >
In The New York Times, DOAR’s Roy Futterman Discusses The Juror Allegations in the NYPD Officer Peter Liang Trial
DOAR Jury Expert Roy Futterman, Ph.D. comments on the judicial inquiry into an alleged stealth juror in advance of the sentencing of NYPD Officer Peter Liang.
Click here to read the article and see the insights that Dr. Futterman offers towards the end.
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This week -- on March 31 -- the attorneys in the Oracle America v. Google trial before Judge William Alsup in the Northern District of California will have to tell Judge Alsup whether they will forego conducting internet searches on prospective jurors. Judge Alsup has stopped short of forbidding such searches, although if the attorneys do search, Judge Alsup will inform the jurors about this in advance and give them a chance to change their privacy settings so as to prevent the attorneys from having access to...Read Full Article >
Making A Murderer May Make Better Defense Jurors
Over the past several years, there has been increased media coverage of allegations that police and/or prosecutors (allegedly) unfairly targeted suspects or defendants. There has been national attention to cases in which police officers kill suspects (e.g., Michael Brown in Ferguson; Freddie Gray in Baltimore) and other cases in which journalists and filmmakers turn a specific case into a documentary. Last year it was the popular podcast Serial, wherein This American Life’s Sarah Koenig investigated the suspicious circumstances surrounding...Read Full Article >