Jury dynamics

The words we choose

The words we choose

I’ve been thinking a lot of how we talk to one another – the words we choose, or don’t choose...

Scenes of a Crime – Review

Scenes of a Crime – Review

Scenes of a crime is a compelling documentary about the case of Adrian Thomas, who was convicted of killing his...

Life in the courtroom

Life in the courtroom

Courtrooms are dead, lifeless places, as Spence often complains in his books.  It is the truth – there are no...

Music in trial

Music in trial

Music can be a powerful tool – in trial preparation and, when appropriate, in trial as well.  For many cases,...

Jury Nullification law passed in New Hampshire

Jury Nullification law passed in New Hampshire

New Hampshire has signed into law a statute that essentially allows the defense to inform the jury of their right...

The Blind Poet – communication and persuasion

The Blind Poet – communication and persuasion

In his article, Trial Theory and Blind Poetics, Steven Lubet says that the central dilemma of litigation is that memory...

Should jurors be permitted to question witnesses?

Should jurors be permitted to question witnesses?

The idea initially makes me a bit nervous – who knows what questions would arise and how do you un-ring...

Jurors and social media

Jurors and social media

A person sitting on a jury in a resisting arrest trial in Detroit was removed from the jury after posting...

A captain going down with the ship

A captain going down with the ship

At Deliberations (which is no longer Anne Reed, but has been passed on to the American Society of Trial Consultants),...