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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…

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…

Attorney-Client Privilege? Attorney Recorded Talks with Jailed Defendant

A Defendant’s former defense attorney appeared in federal court last week to explain why he recorded over 60 conversations with the Defendant in jail. Attorney Terry Haddock was working with the government while he represented Shannon Williams. During the course…

Jury Awards Former Boy Scout $18.5 Million in Abuse Case

An Oregon jury awarded Kerry Lewis, a former boy scout, $18.5 million dollars stemming from his negligence claim against the Boy Scouts organization. Lewis alleged he was sexually abused by a former scout master, and the Boy Scouts were negligent…

Defendant granted new trial after judge fails to administer proper oath to jury

In a decision that establishes attorneys always need to pay attention to the details, the Michigan Court of Appeals has determined that failing to administer the proper oath is grounds for a new trial. The judge had the panel of…