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"Wrong Turn on Red"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 11.17.2014 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

By Jerry Zezima In their chart-topping 1965 hit, "Turn! Turn! Turn!," the Byrds sang, "To everything, turn, turn, turn." To which they might have add...

My Time as a Philly Juror

Thom Nickels | Posted 09.16.2014 | Crime
Thom Nickels

When my jury summons notice appeared in the mail, all I could do was breathe a sigh of despair. You know how it is: the jury in-take crowds, the lists of instructions to be followed, the canned videos.

Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe -- Meet Jake Lassiter

Paul Levine | Posted 11.30.2013 | Books
Paul Levine

Funny thing is, just as with Spenser and Travis McGee, Jake never seemed that hard-boiled to me. Oh, there's the occasional tough-guy line: "They don't call us sharks for our ability to swim."

Call Me Juror No. 3

Eva Moon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Eva Moon

I've heard the complaints about jury duty -- about the boredom, being treated like idiots, ordered around and unappreciated. Maybe I was lucky, but I found the process fascinating.

Advice From a Judge While Waiting For a Jury

Marcus Landsberg | Posted 11.25.2013 | Hawaii
Marcus Landsberg

"Waiting is really the hardest part," The judge of my first jury trial told me. After a day and a half the Jury had yet to send back a jury communica...

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and the Legal System: The Jodi Arias Defense

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 05.21.2013 | Crime
Mark Rubinstein

The claim of PTSD seeps into courtroom proceedings far too frequently because the disorder primarily involves symptoms, with relatively few (if any) objective signs.

Why I Will Never Commit A Felony

Sherri Kuhn | Posted 04.17.2013 | Fifty
Sherri Kuhn

At first I assumed the Jury Summons was addressed to me, possibly my husband. I thought. I have so many projects booked up for the next several weeks, jury duty would be such an inconvenience. They probably serve bad coffee, too. And then I looked closer ... it was addressed to my son.

‘Drug Fiend'

James Duff | Posted 09.19.2012 | Entertainment
James Duff

Love might be the synthesis of all our greatest human qualities: fidelity, devotion, loyalty, hope, faith, charity, but, above all, trust. Without trust, what's left?

'Hostile Witness'

James Duff | Posted 09.05.2012 | Entertainment
James Duff

At its core, The Closer has always been about the battle between idealism and pragmatism represented in our daily lives by the tug between career and family, between our expectations and our realities.

A Call to Empiricism

The Cornell Sun | Posted 05.15.2012 | College
The Cornell Sun

The scientific study of human behavior is shedding new light on our actions and inner life. To ignore these insights is not just a mistake. It is criminal.

It Is Time to Rethink Jurors' Access to Information

Brad Reid | Posted 03.19.2012 | Media
Brad Reid

Recently the Arkansas Supreme Court reversed a capital murder conviction in part because a juror disobeyed specific instructions not to tweet (Dimas-M...

WATCH: Courtroom Chaos After Judge Reveals Life Sentences

Posted 01.07.2012 | Crime

A wild scene unfolded in a South Carolina courtroom on Thursday when two former lovers became hysterical after receiving a pair of life sentences for ...

Why Eyewitness Memory Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be (Part I)

Sam Sommers | Posted 10.30.2011 | Crime
Sam Sommers

Few moments in a courtroom are as compelling to a jury as seeing a confident witness point out a defendant and say, "that's the man I saw at the crime scene."

De Niro's Real-Life Courtroom Drama

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Courtroom stories can be a hard sell, unless they involve White House interns or Heisman Trophy winners, but the media once again packed into a Manhat...

Seattle Art Dealer Imprisoned After Plotting To Steal From Collectors' Homes

ARTINFO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
ARTINFO

If you've been following the exploits of Lawrence Salander, the disgraced New York dealer who exploited the trust of longtime clients to double-deal t...

Conviction: Unvalidated Science in the Courtroom

Linda Kenney Baden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Linda Kenney Baden

The movie Conviction is a compelling hit. It is both a condemnation of the criminal justice system and a celebration of familial love that leads ...

Aafia Siddiqui, Alleged Al Qaida Sympathizer: No Jews On Jury

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Aafia Siddiqui, the MIT-trained scientist accused of shooting at FBI agents and having ties to Al-Qaeda, began the jury selection for her trial by say...