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Novel approach to juror screening tested in court (access required)

Any attorney who has tried an intellectual property case knows that presenting the evidence in a way that jurors fully comprehend is no simple task. Adding to the challenge for trial lawyers in state and federal court in Massachusetts is the dearth of opportunity to examine a jury pool and determine which members might be capable of processing complicated concepts and theories.

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Speaking with jurors post-trial can yield invaluable lessons (access required)

After spending the length of a trial staring at a group of strangers who hold the fate of a client in their hands, the last thing lawyers may want to do is sit down and chat with the jury. But getting jurors’ take on the trial – from the persuasiveness of a closing argument to the credence of testimony – can be invaluable. Speaking to a jury allows an attorney to “learn what happened during deliberations, how they perceived your witnesses, how they perceived you and your presentation abilities, whether your strategies and themes came across and what was really crucial,” said Richard Gabriel, president of Decision Analysis, a national trial consulting company in Los Angeles and president of the American Society of Trial Consultants Foundation.

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Jurors, money and TV: a bad combination (access required)

Raleigh publicist Rick French caused a stir when he approached television networks saying he represented a juror in the recently ended Casey Anthony case and his client would not grant an interview without compensation – reportedly as much as $50,000. French declined to specify the juror and has said there was no price named. So far, no juror has received a check for explaining why the jury in the tabloid-worthy Florida trial didn’t think Anthony was proven to be her two-year-old daughter’s killer. But the episode raised a prospect that worries trial attorneys and prosecutors: Could the usually burdensome task of jury duty become a coveted role for people seeking to cash in on high-profile cases? “If you begin to see jurors who have a financial stake in the case, they could make decisions that they believe would be more valuable to TV or the news media,” said Wade Smith of Raleigh (pictured), one of the state’s top defense lawyers.

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