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Do Jurors Become Better Citizens?

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | Posted 07.27.2014 | Impact
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

What if jury service made you a better citizen? New social science research on juries and democratic engagement makes exactly that argument. Like an immunity boost for our civic constitution, jury service appears to ward off civic apathy.

Srebrenica Genocide: 19 Years After

Jasmina Tesanovic | Posted 07.17.2014 | Books
Jasmina Tesanovic

I asked my father, a native from Herzegovina, for a schoolgirl digest version of the good guys beating the bad guys in World War II. And my father told me a terrible story, cruel and heroic with him as an actor.

Closing Arguments Set For Bombing Suspect's Friend

AP | Posted 07.17.2014 | Crime

BOSTON (AP) -- Jurors in the trial of a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) are set to hear closin...

Sin City Performer Convicted In Dismemberment Slaying

AP | KEN RITTER | Posted 05.23.2014 | Crime

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former Las Vegas Strip performer was found guilty Thursday of second-degree murder for killing and dismembering his dancer ex-gir...

A Possible Revolution In Criminal Prosecution

AP | NIGEL DUARA | Posted 04.19.2014 | Politics

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded cour...

Will Carnival's Passengers Triumph in Court?

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 05.06.2014 | Miami
Spencer Aronfeld

Dozens of the passengers who were aboard Carnival Cruise Line's Triumph last year when a fire left the ship disabled and adrift in the Gulf of Mexico ...

A Bizarre Trial for Lebanon

Allan Topol | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Allan Topol

The prosecutor has done a careful job assembling his case. It is likely that justice will be done in the Netherlands. But at what price for poor suffering Lebanon.

New York Man Admits To Partially Decapitating And Stuffing Friend In Closet

David Lohr | Posted 01.29.2014 | Crime

A New York man has admitted he killed a 35-year-old friend and neighbor during an argument, attempted to chop up his body with an axe and hid it in hi...

The High-Stakes Insider Trading Trial of Mathew Martoma

Margaret McLean | Posted 03.12.2014 | Crime
Margaret McLean

District Court Judge Paul Gardephe is presiding over what the government has called "the most lucrative insider trading scheme ever charged." As the prosecution launches its case-in-chief, the following is what to expect at trial.

Things to Consider Before Litigating

Mark Baer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Crime
Mark Baer

As you can see, decisions rendered in court are not based on all of the evidence -- just all of the legally admissible evidence

Jurors Urge Review of Their Verdict

Diane Dimond | Posted 11.12.2013 | Crime
Diane Dimond

Sometimes the justice system just doesn't work. The prosecutor could be more interested in winning than finding the truth. The defense attorney migh...

All the Pretty Witches

Eric Dezenhall | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Eric Dezenhall

In the vortex that swirls from today's media and legal climate, motivated authorities may not have enough to send you to jail, but they certainly have...

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...

The Bo Xilai Verdict: Move Along, Nothing to See Here

John Wagner Givens | Posted 11.13.2013 | World
John Wagner Givens

Bo's trial is a political event; his crimes are the same as those committed by almost all Chinese politicians, and were selected for the sake of convenience. As such, the trial tells us next to nothing about rule of law in China.

Over a Year and a Half After Trayvon Martin's Death, What We Should Focus on

Shoham Geva | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
Shoham Geva

Social justice bloggers across every platform raised serious concerns about our ethics and integrity as Americans. And pretty much everyone missed the point.

Attack on Trayvon Martin Is an Attack on America

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 09.14.2013 | Crime
Leslie K. Stein

Voter suppression and "stand your ground" are attacks on America's 99 percent. Sound crazy? They are attacks on reasonableness. Voter suppression a...

What You May Not Know About the Zimmerman Verdict: The Evolution of a Jury Instruction

Alafair Burke | Posted 09.14.2013 | Black Voices
Alafair Burke

That may have been the moment when Zimmerman got acquitted. The end result was that jurors were told only about the parts of Florida self-defense law that benefited the defendant, without knowing anything about the most relevant potential limitation.

A Poem in Memory of Trayvon Martin: 'Anyone's Son'

Tara Skurtu | Posted 09.12.2013 | Black Voices
Tara Skurtu

This poem wants to stand its ground, silence force with simple words, pray you alive, anyone's son -- tall boy, eye-smile, walk on home.

Divorce and the Grieving Process

Mark Baer | Posted 09.07.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Conflict is reduced by appropriately addressing the grief and loss from the very beginning. Doesn't it therefore make sense that lawyers involved in the field of family law should have a better understanding of grief and loss?

Yoga Can Stay in School: Looking More Closely at the Encinitas Yoga Trial Decision

Candy Gunther Brown, Ph.D. | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion
Candy Gunther Brown, Ph.D.

The ruling was frankly confusing. The astounding thing is that the judge actually found that yoga, and especially Ashtanga yoga, is religious and yet did not stop its promotion in public schools.

Peter Perlman- Life Lessons from a Lawyer's Lawyer

Don McNay | Posted 07.13.2013 | Business
Don McNay

"I need a hero. I'm holding out for a hero 'til the end of the night. He's gotta be strong And he's gotta be fast And he's gotta be fresh from the fig...

Steven Seagal's Trip to Court Against the Gambino Crime Family

Judge Frederic Block | Posted 06.16.2013 | Crime
Judge Frederic Block

As Seagal recounted his real life adventure, he seemed to regain his composure and warm to the audience. He began making dramatic faces -- complete with his famous furrowed brow -- in response to questions.

Do Asbestos Victims Deserve Compensation? And Other Questions the Wall Street Journal Never Asks

Brian Young | Posted 05.18.2013 | Business
Brian Young

Is the Wall Street Journal afraid to make an affirmative statement about so-called "fraud" in asbestos cases? They should be.

Retired Pastor Allegedly Staged Car Crash To Kill Wife

AP | Posted 03.10.2013 | Crime

STROUDSBURG, Pa. — A retired Pennsylvania pastor charged with killing both of his wives is on trial in the death of his second wife. Arthur "A....

'Christmas Letter 2012'

Jerry Zezima | Posted 02.10.2013 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

It sure has been an exciting 2012 for the Zezimas! The good news is that nobody in the family went to prison, though three of us had brushes with the law.