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CourtroomLogic Consulting – The Red Well

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Googling Your Jury (Part 1)

April 20th, 2017|

Let’s be honest: don’t we all want to know as much as humanly possible when evaluating a jury pool and determining motions for cause and peremptory strikes? I dare say the answer is a resounding, “Hell, yes!” The Internet provides a treasure trove of information about pretty much anything we can imagine… including potential jurors. Time and resources permitting, it’s becoming standard practice to “Google” the panel (i.e., scour their online presence). Unless, of course, the judge or local rules prohibit (or strongly discourage) doing so. Enter: opinions and guidelines from the ABA, the Eastern District of Texas, and New

This Jury Did Their City, and the Justice System, Proud

April 18th, 2017|

I don’t know this jury, but I love this jury. My awe has nothing to do with their verdict. It has everything to do with their conduct. Last week, I read an article about a criminal trial involving a Cleveland woman accused of intentionally backing her SUV into her husband (and then putting the car in drive and running over him again, just for good measure). The jury convicted her. But no thanks to the police investigation. According to the article, the jury was none too impressed with that. After the verdict was read, the jury submitted a letter — signed by every juror — to Judge

Do You Need a Mock Trial or a Focus Group?

April 3rd, 2017|

When discussing pretrial jury research, people often use “Focus Group” and “Mock Trial” interchangeably. Although the two are similar, there are a few key differences. This infographic can help: Focus Groups and Mock Trials are not (or should not be) a one-size-fits-all service. Here are two examples of ways they can be tweaked to meet the needs of a particular matter: Combatting information overload: Our client was faced with the challenge of educating potential jurors about extremely complex and nuanced engineering processes, and they were rightly concerned about subjecting participants to information overload. Rather than squeeze all of the complex information

5 Tips for Complying with EDTX Standing Orders on Jury Research

March 15th, 2017|

Our last post addressed the standing orders in the Eastern District of Texas pertaining to jury research and good-old-fashioned Googling. Some have expressed frustration; others have simply abandoned their hopes for gathering feedback or intel on prospective jurors. This post will focus on the standing orders pertaining to pretrial research. In my opinion, none of them grossly limit a trial team’s ability to conduct focus groups, mock trials, community attitude surveys, or any other sort of pretrial research. You simply have to be aware of the orders and conduct your research within the parameters. But first you may be asking yourself, “Why do the orders exist