Juries

781 ABA Journal articles on Juries.

Does Stanley have a mustache? ‘The Office’ illustrates issues with cross-racial identification

As I’ve been writing this column on law and pop culture over the past year or so, I’ve started to realize that…

Any prior police contact? New state rule deems that a presumptively invalid reason for juror strike

Washington has become the first state to adopt a rule that expands the ban on race-based peremptory challenges during jury selection.

The new rule, known as General Rule 37,…

Punk rock drummer-turned-doctor performs CPR on potential juror in his med-mal trial

A California judge declared a mistrial in a medical malpractice case last week after the doctor defendant—and former drummer for The Offsrping—performed CPR on a potential juror.

Gynecological oncologist James…

Juror faints after watching graphic video of lawyer accused of trading sex for legal services

Jurors considering the fate of a former Texas lawyer accused of trading sex with clients for legal services were so taken aback by a video of one rough sexual encounter…

Jury service had unexpected benefit for these 2 people

Kris Gerig and Sarah Abbott first met when they served on a New Orleans jury in August 2015 for a theft case.

They were back in court on March 14…

Juror tells judge he didn’t want to convict Martin Shkreli’s BigLaw lawyer

Jury deliberations in the trial of former BigLaw lawyer Evan Greebel were “a complete mess,” according to a juror affidavit.

The jury was unanimous when it convicted Greebel on…

Sleeping jurors dismissed in two recent federal trials; are attention spans shorter?
A juror who acknowledged during jury selection that he liked to sleep in his spare time was one of two jurors dismissed from federal trials in recent weeks because they were snoozing during testimony.
Obama doesn’t make it onto a jury but is a big hit at the courthouse

Former President Barack Obama was dismissed from jury duty on Wednesday when he was selected for a jury panel that wasn’t needed for a trial.

While lawyers at Chicago’s Daley…

Software provides real-time predictions on how potential jurors might vote

Voltaire’s software can search through billions of data points, including public records and social media posts, and pull up all kinds of information on prospective jurors. The software, powered by IBM Watson, also uses deep psycholinguistic and behavioral analysis to discover the biases and views of prospective jurors.

Obama is called for jury duty

Former President Barack Obama has been called for jury duty, and he reportedly plans to show up.

Obama was called for jury duty in Cook County, which includes the city…

California judge tosses $417M talcum powder verdict

Updated: A judge in California has overturned a $417 million verdict and granted a new trial in a suit claiming talcum powder causes ovarian cancer.

Judge Maren Nelson of Los…

Law prof who hoped to be a juror learns it is ‘basically impossible’ for a nursing mother
University of Chicago clinical law professor Judith Miller was eager to serve as a juror at the civil courthouse in Chicago.
Jailed defendants await resumption of jury trials after Hurricane Harvey

Jury trials in criminal cases in Harris County, Texas, following Hurricane Harvey could resume next Monday, but logistical problems will continue to slow the system.

The delays are causing concern…

Delaware loses long-held No. 1 ranking for business-friendly legal climate to South Dakota

A periodic survey of corporations by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s legal-reform arm found that Delaware has lost its No. 1 ranking for being business-friendly in legal matters, dropping to…

Posner rejects pattern jury instruction while sitting as trial judge and gets reversed

Judge Richard Posner of the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has made clear his disdain for legal jargon and pattern jury instructions that are “largely unintelligible to…

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