Jury System

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The Bronx Effect?

The Bronx civil jury is the greatest tool of wealth redistribution since the Red Army.        – Ron Kuby Likely to be at least a slight exaggeration, but a great quote. Kuby had been asked to comment on…


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Blagojevich’s Mouth Turned Against Him in Retrial, Jurors Say

Quick flashback to Blagojevich I (from a July 2010 post): "Rod Blagojevich yells his innocence as he comes out offederal court Thursday afternoon." (Chicago Sun-Times) I'd like to think that each of the Blagojevich II jurors struck the same pose as he…


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Motion to Exclude Large-Breasted Woman From Trial

According to this report at Jezebel.com, an Illinois lawyer has filed a motion in limine seeking to prevent his opponent's female "companion" from sitting with him during trial, apparently on the sole grounds that the woman's breasts are so large that they…



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How to Avoid Jury Duty, #8: Be Pals With a Serial Killer

Here's how this one works: Standard voir dire question: "Has anyone you know ever been convicted of a crime?" Non-standard answer: "I had a close friend in high school who killed 17 people." Resulting statement: "We would like to thank…


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Blagojevich Convicted on One of 24 Counts

The jury in the trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has, after two weeks of deliberating, managed to agree on exactly one of the 24 counts alleged in the indictment.  The jury apparently agreed that Blagojevich lied to federal…


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Watch Those “Jury Duty” Tweets, People

I was on NPR's Science Friday show this week, yapping about how lawyers are using Facebook profile information as evidence (summary: we use it all the time, if it might be relevant), and one of the topics we discussed is…


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Juror in Stolen-Credit-Card Case Steals Fellow Juror’s Credit Card

Prosecutors in the Bronx have charged 20-year-old Jennifer Mercado with credit card theft after a shopping spree in which she allegedly bought over $500 worth of stuff using someone else's credit card without authorization.  She may have gotten the idea…


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Christ Excused From Jury Duty

Yet another way to get out of jury duty: change your name to "Jesus Christ." Actually, that may not be enough, based on the report this week that Jesus Christ, in this incarnation a 59-year-old woman formerly known as "Dorothy…