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JUROR ONLINE MISCONDUCT

Juror Googles the DefendantRecently a family member of mine who is a prosecutor finished a jury trial. The jury convicted. He was talking to the jurors after the verdict and learned that one of the jurors had Googled the defendant in violation of the jury instructions. The juror learned information that had not been admitted [...]

FAVORABLE ATTRIBUTES OF A TRIAL LAWYER

Through the Jurors’ EyesI asked my law students to put themselves in the jury box and ask what they as jurors would want to see in a trial lawyer. Three students came up with this nice list of attributes worth aspiring to project:• Credibility• Compassion• Capability• Clarity• Conciseness• Conscientiousness • Charm• Charisma

GUARDING AGAINST JUROR ONLINE RESEARCH

Washington State Jury Warning PosterAccess to Information OnlineIn their article “Online and Wired for Justice: Why Jurors Turn to the Internet (the ‘Google mistrial’)”, The Jury Expert (Nov. 2009) Douglas L. Keene and Rita R. Handrich recount how since 2001 jurors have been going online and upsetting trials. Instances include a 2009 lengthy federal drug [...]