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
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▣ Being a Juror in the Virtual World
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▣ 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

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Previous Newsletters, In Jurors’ Own Words

The Four Waves of Generations in the Jury Pool

"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

“Reading” the Jury as Evidence Unfolds at Trial

"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

The Juror Questionnaire Speaks Volumes

"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

The Evolution of A Hung Jury

"…we adhere, as though to a raft, to those ideas which represent our understanding."
John Kenneth Galbraith, Economist

Ladies and Gentlemen: Voir Dire Presents Some Quirky Jurors

"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

The Fascination and Frustration of Judging Interpreted Testimony at Trial

"Translation is at best an echo."
George Borrow, English Author

Voir Dire Parameters Set by the Court; For Counsel, How to Approach and Conquer

"It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive."
Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court

Jurors React to the Great Recession

"In prosperity prepare for a change; in adversity, hope for one."
James Burgh, British Politician, and Author Advocating Free Speech and Universal Suffrage

Could Birth Order Traits Influence Deliberations?

"A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five."
Groucho Marx, American Comedian

Jurors Recognize Judicial Bias at Trial

"Four things belong to a judge: to hear courteously, to answer wisely, to consider soberly, and to decide impartially."

The Many Faces of the Foreperson – Referee, Mediator, and Maybe Mom

"No man is wise enough by himself."
Titus Maccius Plautus, Roman Playwright

Stereotype Meets Bias in the Courtroom

"I am I, plus my circumstances."
Jose Ortega y Gasset, Spanish Philosopher

Jurors Ask: “How Do You Determine Damages For Emotion?”

"On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points."
Virginia Woolf, English author

California’s Rural Jurors: The Red State Region Demystified

"And no less happy he who knows the rural gods."
Virgil, Eclogues, I, l.6

Can We Talk? A Spirited, First-Time Juror Tells Us What He Really Thinks

"The world is divided into people who think they are right."

The Echo Generation: Hello, Hello, Who Are You?

"This is a generation that cares."
Case Western University Student, Cleveland Ohio


We The Jury, A Letter to Counsel After Trial

"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

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