Jury System


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How to Avoid Jury Duty by Going to Jail Instead

Nobody really likes jury duty, but probably nobody doesn’t like it as much as Daniel Ellis.  Ellis was absolutely determined not to serve on a Massachusetts grand jury, apparently so determined that he wanted to go to jail instead. Ellis…


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Six-Figure Award in Case of Golf Cart v. Chevy Cavalier

Madison County, Illinois, is not the lawsuit-lottery capital of the world like it used to be, but juries seem to still be pretty generous.  Last week, a jury awarded William Clawson over $111,000 for injuries he suffered after he drove…



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Deer Season Cited As Basis for Motion to Continue Trial Date

To the list of possible reasons for seeking a continuance, you can now add the start of deer-hunting season, at least if you live in Arkansas.  John Hall, the attorney for Bobby Junior Cox (not "Bobby Cox, Jr.," but "Bobby…



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Robert Blake Sought to Enlist 70s Stars in His Legal Defense

The L.A. Times reports that Robert Blake, the former star of "Baretta" who was accused of killing his wife, was very involved in his legal defense strategy, according to transcripts of conversations he had while in prison awaiting trial. In…