Tag Archives: fair trial

What Are the Risks of Jurors Using Social Media?

Post by Randall Ryder This past week, a juror was charged with contempt of court after she talked about a guilty verdict on Facebook before the verdict was read. Should jurors be forbidden from using social media? In the case this…

Change of Venue? Judge Declines to Move Former Congressman’s Trial

A Texas judge has declined former Congressman Tom Delay’s request to have his trial moved. Delay, who was once House Majority Leader, requested to have his trial moved because Austin is a liberal city. Delay also alleges that a prosecutor…

Quick Justice? Will Parties Agree to Use Expedited Trials?

Post by Randall Ryder The State of California just passed a bill that now allows expedited jury trials in certain situations. While many parties are hailing the recent bill, will the new system be utilized? Under the bill, if both parties…

More Individuals Representing Themselves in Court

A recent survey of trial court judges around the country has indicated that more and more individuals are choosing to represent themselves (known as "pro se") in court. Specifically, the survey found that individuals are choosing to self-represent in foreclosures,…

Why Can’t the US Follow Europe’s Lead in Abolishing the Death Penalty?

The evidence, and public opinion, suggests the US should follow Europe’s lead and abolish the death penalty. Bianca Jagger recently delivered a speech at the Fourth Congress Against the Death Penalty in Geneva, Switzerland and raised a number of key…