Tuesday, February 14, 2006

What Should You Do When Jurors Have Special Expertise?

What should you do when jurors have special expertise? If there's an accountant on the jury, would you want her in the jury room adding to what the experts testified about the standards of the profession? If there's a nurse, would you worry about his assessment of the medical experts' testimony being given too much weight by other jurors? The National Law Journal discussed various issues, including whether there should be special jury instructions. Law.com - Dealing With Jurors' Expertise, Nat'l L.J., Dec. 23, 2005.

How about lawyers? A prosecutor from Oregon says that the only murder trial he lost had a lawyer on the jury. "They're terrible jurors -- I should hit myself in the face with a stick if I ever let a lawyer on a jury again."


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