Expect Jurors to Mix Fact and Opinion

February 29th, 2024|

By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm: The distinction between what is fact and what is opinion is arguably one of the most fundamental distinctions in law. But in practice, it is actually a lawyer’s distinction. In the real world, and in the minds of many jurors and some judges, facts and opinions end up being combined and mixed. The […]

Improve Voir Dire: A Trump-Jury Example Script

February 22nd, 2024|

By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm: In just over a month, barring any unforeseen delays, New York prosecutors and attorneys for criminal defendant Donald J. Trump will be picking a jury in what’s become known as the “hush money” case. The March 25th trial focuses on the payments the defendant made to former porn star Stormy Daniels […]

Fish for a Good Cause Challenge

February 6th, 2024|

By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm: In my work, I get to watch many attorneys go through the practical rituals of jury selection. A big part of the job is looking for, setting up, and executing challenges for cause when there are reasons to doubt potential jurors’ ability to be fair in following the law and the […]

Defendants, Reduce the Risk of Your Verdict Going Nuclear

January 30th, 2024|

By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm: In the most recent verdict against former President Donald Trump, the jury awarded quite a bit more than the plaintiff had asked for. In the case of the $83.3 million defamation award made to the writer, E. Jean Carroll, we have a special case: a defendant who did just about everything […]

Keep Your Cool in the Courtroom

January 23rd, 2024|

By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm: Last week, the once and potentially future President of the United States was threatened with ejection from a courtroom because he could not control his verbal and non-verbal responses to the proceedings. As reported in the New York Times, Donald Trump was sitting in a Manhattan courtroom as a jury heard […]

Take Responsibility (Without Conceding Liability)

January 9th, 2024|

By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm:  I will admit up front that the title for this one might sound like someone trying to weasel out of something: Trying to gain the psychological benefit of “stepping up” without the legal liability that many might see as going along with that. And, it must be said, there’s a real […]

Account for Broken Trust in Institutions

December 19th, 2023|

By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm: Seems like Americans have had it with powerful institutions lately. The organizations that have long structured our civic life have reached new lows in terms of trust, and this applies to many that have historically garnered relatively high levels of confidence. Higher education  is at a historic low, and trust in … Account for Broken Trust in Institutions Read More »

Counter “Safetyism” With Realism

December 11th, 2023|

By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm: There is a perspective on juror attitudes that has been receiving some attention lately. “Safetyism” refers to an individual’s tendency to not merely prefer safety, but to demand unrealistic standards of protection — no errors, no risk of injury, no chance of a bad outcome, no ‘safe level’ of a contaminant, … Counter “Safetyism” With Realism Read More »