What’s Your Backup Plan?

September 19th, 2023|The Sound Jury Library (Sound Jury Consulting)|

Four plays and out. The year of hype; the coverage; the expectations – and with one play it’s over. Doesn’t matter if you’re a football fan, a Jets fan, or an Aaron Rodgers fan. That’s not the way it should have ended. But was it a possibility? Come on – you’d have to be crazy to not think that Rodgers could get injured, and you’d need a backup plan. Watching Eli and Peyton Manning on their Monday Night Football show, it was pretty obvious that they thought it was laughable that Zach Wilson was the backup plan – obvious because

Are angry jurors more influential in deliberations? | Online Jury Research Update

September 19th, 2023|ComCon (Kathy Kellermann Communication Consulting)|

It is not uncommon for jurors to express anger during deliberations. Does a juror's anger affect their influence on other jurors during deliberations? Are angry jurors either more or less persuasive than non-angry jurors? Salerno and Peter-Hagene (2015) investigated the differential effects of men and women's anger expression on social influence during mock jury deliberations. The researchers also compared anger expression to fear expression.....

The Trump Juries: Adapt Your Procedures for Higher Profile Jury Selections

September 18th, 2023|Your Trial Message|

By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm: In Florida, Georgia, New York, and Washington DC, Donald Trump is facing the looming prospect of jury trials. While the word is overused these days, it is truly unprecedented for a once and maybe-future President to be facing federal and state charges. With trials for co-conspirators starting as early as next … The Trump Juries: Adapt Your Procedures for Higher Profile Jury Selections Read More »

How accurate are litigators at predicting case outcomes? | Online Jury Research Update

September 12th, 2023|ComCon (Kathy Kellermann Communication Consulting)|

Research has found that an attorney's estimate of the probability of success is the most crucial variable in shaping decisions whether to litigate or settle a case in controversy (see, for review, Goodman-Delahunty et al., 2010; Jeklic, 2023). Unlike parties to a case -- who frequently exhibit an overconfidence about prevailing in court -- attorneys are expected and trained to be more objective in their predictions. Said differently, attorneys are expected not to have a 'myside' bias. How realistic are attorneys' case outcome predictions? Do attorneys forecast outcomes accurately or do they exhibit a myside bias not unlike the parties

Defendants – Argue Damages Differently

September 11th, 2023|Your Trial Message|

By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm: The Covid pandemic is now mostly in the rear-view mirror, but in now busy courthouses across the country, the juries who are returning seem a little different. Based on common experience, they appear to have more anti-corporate attitudes and to harbor greater suspicion toward large institutions. They seem to have less … Defendants – Argue Damages Differently Read More »

Getting Back to Basics in Trial Planning

September 5th, 2023|The Sound Jury Library (Sound Jury Consulting)|

Imagine you are asked to build something – you don’t know if it’s a car, a house, a playground, or any of the other endless things it might be. To build it, you are given one tool at a time, but you are only given the barest of instructions on how to use that tool, you’re not told which part it actually builds, and the instructions are not given in the logical order that would make most sense. As the days go by, you begin to get a general idea of what you’re building, but because there are two