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 mishandled some expert testimony during the trial and botched the charge he gave to the jury. The Mass Law Blog has the details.

As a footnote, this is the same Judge Young who eloquently defended the jury system in an address to the Florida Bar Association. He’s a champion of the jury, and this appears to be a practice-what-you-preach incident. Young believes the errors attributed to civil juries are often not the jury’s fault. Well, looks like Young meant it when he said that.

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About jgastil

John Gastil is Head and Professor in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University, where he specializes in political deliberation and group decision making.
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