Monthly Archives: October 2010

The incredible shrinking jury

Over the last few decades, American courts have used fewer and fewer jurors. There are many causes, including increased plea-bargaining, alternative dispute resolution, and reduced jury sizes (down from 12 to as few as 6 jurors per trial). But the … Continue reading

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Juror Appreciation Day/Week/Month

We’ll be tracking some of the events around the country–or around the world, if we can find ’em–where courts take a moment to appreciate jurors. Baltimore’s trying to raise the bar on such events, as the Baltimore Sun reported: Serve … Continue reading

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Juries, evidence, and questions…

One stereotype of juries is that they often make judgments based on their own speculations and amateur detective work–that they move far beyond the evidence in the trial to interject their own suppositions and biases. I fear that this comes, … Continue reading

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Judge apologizes for mishandling expert testimony before a jury

One might have assumed that the apologetic umpire who robbed a Detroit Tiger of a perfect game gets the 2010 Mea Culpa award. Instead, it goes to Judge Young of Massachusetts, who has ordered a new trial after deciding he’d … Continue reading

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