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Aug 29, 2012

Runaway juror fined $300 after Mexican getaway

A runaway juror returned to Milwaukee from a Mexican getaway and headed back to court. But this time, it was to face the judge.

Aug 27, 2012

New model jury instructions target social media use

In an effort to deter jurors from using social media and smartphones to communicate about or conduct research on the case on which they serve, a Judicial Conference committee has updated federal model jury instructions.

Aug 21, 2012

It’s just Google: Keeping jurors offline to stay in line

Jurors who have a hard time putting their Internet habits on hold during jury service need strong guidance from trial judges, said a jury research analyst.

Aug 21, 2012

Trial lawyers double as entertainers

As jurors demand slicker, speedier, sound bite-like presentations of trial evidence, lawyers are hiring visual artists, computer graphic designers and illustrators to transform piles of documents into light, sound and images.

May 3, 2012

Study finds ‘striking’ difference in conviction rates based on jury pool’s racial makeup

A study has revealed that the racial makeup of the pool from which juries are selected influences conviction rates – and that having even one African-American member in the pool from which a jury is drawn nearly eliminates the difference.

Apr 25, 2012

THE DARK SIDE: Appeal to what is best in jurors

Many years ago, a former Alabama congressman told me the following story:

Apr 12, 2012

Redefining expert witness credibility for juries

Juries routinely dismiss expert testimony due to credibility problems, incomprehensibility, or simply because it is cancelled out by another expert’s testimony.

Jan 29, 2012

Jury convicts former day-care worker of abuse

A Dane County jury has found a former day-care provider guilty on one of seven counts of injuring children in her care.

Dec 28, 2011

Attorney jurors present risks, rewards

Are attorney jurors toxic to a trial?

Nov 16, 2011

Defendant changes story on fatal lake crash

MERRILL, Wis. (AP) — A man accused of killing his mother surprised those in a Lincoln County courtroom when he changed his story on the witness stand about how she died. Chase Boruch told jurors that he staged a car crash at Moraine Lake in June 2010 to make his mother’s death look like an […]

Nov 2, 2011

Technology gives judges alternatives for jury instructions

Rather than just reading 19 pages of jury instructions to the people who would decide if Jesus Gonzalez was guilty of murder, Milwaukee Judge Richard Sankovitz mixed in some visuals.

Nov 2, 2011

Drunk juror dismissed in murder-for-hire trial

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) – Officials say a juror was dismissed in the murder-for-hire trial in Waukesha County Wednesday because he was drunk when he showed up for court. Because there are alternate jurors, his dismissal won’t affect the proceeding. Sheriff’s Detective Steve Pederson tells WMTJ-TV that if the man had been stopped while driving a […]


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