Jury trials

cog in the machine

Just a Cog in the Machine

In an article for Slate, Seth Stevenson writes about how he served as a juror in 1998, helped convict two men...

laquan mcdonald cover up

The Blue Wall of Silence – Officers on Trial for Cover Up in Laquan McDonald Murder

Last month, officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty by a Chicago jury of murdering Laquan McDonald – second-degree murder...

Can I Represent Myself in a SC Criminal Case?

Can I Represent Myself in a SC Criminal Case?

In most cases, you have the right to represent yourself in any court case including when you are charged with...

How to Argue Reasonable Doubt

How to Argue Reasonable Doubt

Prosecutor: Proof beyond a reasonable doubt is proof that leaves you firmly convinced that the defendant is guilty. It is...

Philando Castile’s Killer Acquitted

Philando Castile’s Killer Acquitted

“We seriously live in a world where texting a white man to death is a crime but shooting a black...

North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act

North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act

What can be done to stop racial discrimination in jury selection, and, in general, to make our courts equal to...

Batson and How Prosecutors Still Exclude Non-White Jurors

Batson and How Prosecutors Still Exclude Non-White Jurors

Prosecutors believe that all-white juries are more likely to convict Black or Hispanic defendants, leading many to systematically remove all...

America’s History of Excluding Non-Whites From Juries

America’s History of Excluding Non-Whites From Juries

For centuries, African Americans and others of non-European descent in America have been struggling to secure for themselves the most...

Finally, Final Closing Argument For the Defense

Finally, Final Closing Argument For the Defense

Edit: The Court withdrew the Beaty opinion, substituting it for a new opinion where they hold that they do not...

State v. Berry – How to Get Inadmissible Testimony in Front of the Jury

State v. Berry – How to Get Inadmissible Testimony in Front of the Jury

If you are a prosecutor, anyway:  When an objection is sustained, just keep asking similar questions so the jury can...