Present Blog Articles and Past Newsletters from In Jurors’ Own Words
Written and Published by Patrice Truman, Esq., Jury and Trial Consultant
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▣ The Derek Chauvin Trial: A Brief Pop Quiz
▣ The Prosecution Presents a Commanding Expert Witness in State v. Chauvin
▣ Being a Juror in the Virtual World
▣ Living in These Extraordinary Times: The 2020 Pandemic Impact on Voir Dire
▣ What the Mueller Hearings Should Remind Counsel About Effective Cross-Examination
▣ My Close Brush with Jury Duty
▣ Beware of the Jury of One
▣ An Unconventional Voir Dire Consideration: Strategic Placement
▣ Counsel, Lose the Black Wardrobe at Trial!
▣ Post-Trial Interviews Reveal Insightful Opinions About the Trial Process and Demystify Deliberations
▣ Jurors Who I Will Always Remember
▣ Effective Advocacy in The Courtroom
Previous Newsletters, In Jurors’ Own Words
"Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it."
George Orwell, English Novelist, and Journalist
"A blur of blinks, taps, jiggles, pivots, and shifts ... the body language of a man wishing urgently to be elsewhere."
Edward R. Murrow, Television and Radio Journalist
"You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions."
Naguib Mahfouz, Egyptian Writer, Winner 1988 Nobel Peace Prize for Literature
"…we adhere, as though to a raft, to those ideas which represent our understanding."
John Kenneth Galbraith, Economist
"The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool."
William Shakespeare, “As You Like It,” Act 5, Scene 1
"Translation is at best an echo."
George Borrow, English Author
"It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive."
Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court
"In prosperity prepare for a change; in adversity, hope for one."
James Burgh, British Politician, and Author Advocating Free Speech and Universal Suffrage
"A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five."
Groucho Marx, American Comedian
"Four things belong to a judge: to hear courteously, to answer wisely, to consider soberly, and to decide impartially."
"No man is wise enough by himself."
Titus Maccius Plautus, Roman Playwright
"I am I, plus my circumstances."
Jose Ortega y Gasset, Spanish Philosopher
"On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points."
Virginia Woolf, English author
"And no less happy he who knows the rural gods."
Virgil, Eclogues, I, l.6
"The world is divided into people who think they are right."
"This is a generation that cares."
Case Western University Student, Cleveland Ohio
"There is no adequate defense, except stupidity, against the impact of a new idea."
Percy Williams Bridgeman, American Scientist
Demonstrative Evidence Using Crayon, Animation, Day in the Life, or Subrosa – Jurors Tell What Works in the Courtroom
"Every picture tells a story, don't it?"
Rod Stewart, British Rocker
Preparing Your Client for the Rigors of a Jury Trial
"Success is to be measured… by the obstacles which one has overcome while trying to succeed."
Booker T. Washington
Jurors Reveal the Defining Moment in a Trial
"I felt like the moon, the stars, and all the planets had fallen on me."
Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States
The Anatomy of a Contentious Jury
"It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument."
William Gibbs McAdoo, American Government Official
Jurors’ Observations About the Poker Game Known as Voir Dire – Skill, Luck, and Charismatic Appeal
"Justice is a machine that, when someone has once given it the starting push, rolls on of itself."
John Galsworthy, Justice, Act II
The Changing Face and Influence of the Asian Juror
"By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart."
Confucius: The Confucian Analects, bk 17:2
The Mock Trial Deliberations and Verdict: Prophetic or Phony in Relation to the Actual Trial
"Public opinion's always in advance of the law."
John Galsworthy, Playwright
Understanding Generation X Jurors for a Winning Trial Strategy
"If the youth is the season of hope, it is often so only in the sense that our elders are hopeful about us."
George Eliot, Author
Jurors' Advice for Attorney Etiquette and Conduct at Trial
"A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer."
Robert Frost, American poet
Jurors' Perceptions of Mistakes, Blunders, and Other Errors by Trial Lawyers
"Great blunders are often made, like large ropes, of a multitude of fibers."
Victor Hugo, Author
Post-Trial Interviews Give Some Insightful Opinions About the Trial Process
"Why should there not be a patient confidence in the ultimate justice of the people?"
Abraham Lincoln, 16th American President
Classifying Jurors During Voir Dire for a Successful Verdict
"A companion's words of persuasion are effective."
The Iliad, Book XI, Line 793
Effective Voir Dire Under the Veil of Public Cynicism
"What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing."
Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan, (1892), Act III
Powerful Expert Witnesses at Trial
"Believe one who has proved it. Believe an expert."
Virgil, Aeneid, Book XI, Line 283