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Commentary: In selecting jurors, smart can be overrated

Jury selection is about identifying biases, and whenever we think about biases, we need to look at our own biases first. The desire to have a smart jury is especially common among defense teams in civil and criminal trials. It ...

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JPMorgan accused of nickel-and-diming jurors on debit-card pay

For some people, jury duty is a dreaded American civic obligation. Now, JPMorgan Chase is adding another unwelcome element: banking fees. In a handful of jurisdictions, the biggest U.S. bank by assets has taken over administration of the juror-compensation system, ...

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Report: Better use of jurors in federal courts

The national average of jurors in federal district courts who were not selected, serving or challenged on the first day of jury service fell to 36.8 percent in 2014, compared to 37.7 percent in 2013. That means 3,046 potential jurors ...

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SEC lawyer to jury: Ignore trader’s ‘fantasy’

NEW YORK — A government lawyer said a former Goldman Sachs vice president tried to draw jurors into a “fantasy world” to fend off accusations that he violated securities laws, but a defense attorney countered that prosecutors had wrongfully accused ...

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Should jurors police each other?

The revised model jury instructions on the use of social media, released last week by the federal judiciary, have an interesting feature, Justia columnist Anita Ramasastry noted. In addition to banning the use of social media to discuss the case ...

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Juror must divulge Facebook posts made during trial

In the latest skirmish in the ongoing conflict between the electronic privacy rights of jurors, the power of judges to investigate juror misconduct and the rights of criminal defendants, a California Appeals Court held late last week that a trial ...

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Should you let jurors handle the evidence?

A recent study by the University of Notre Dame suggests that humans learn and retain information differently if their sense of touch is engaged. Trial consultant Douglas Keene said this means that the value of touching a piece of evidence ...

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Study: Judges tell jurors not to use social media

Most federal judges tell jurors not to use Facebook, Twitter and other social networking tools to communicate information about the trials in which they are sitting, according to the results of a survey conducted by the Federal Judicial Center. About ...

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Establishing ground rules to help jurors judge your case

Baseball has a strike zone and the infield fly rule. Football has clipping and onside kicks. Basketball has both personal and team fouls. And in the litigation arena there are pre-trial and in-limine rulings. Judges are the umpires and referees. They both make the rules and make the attorneys follow the rules.

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