Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Mistrial After Everett Juror Does Online Research

A child sexual abuse case resulted in a mistrial after a juror went online to research the  concept of witness coaching and told his fellow jurors. The  prosecutor didn't want to put  the six-year-old victim through a second trial, so reduced the charges to resolve the case. Juror’s ‘research’ forced mistrial in child rape case, (Everett), Dec. 12, 2012

The end of  the  article briefly discusses a mistrial that resulted from a juror refusing to return to court after a break in deliberations.

Monday, December 3, 2012

TED Talk on Statistics

Here's another TED Talk:

Peter Donnelly, How Stats Fool Juries, TED Talks (July 2005, posted Nov. 2006).

TED Talk on Eyewitness Testimony

Forensic psychologist Scott Fraser discusses Why Eyewitnesses Get It Wrong, TED Talk (May 2012, posted Sept. 2012). He illustrates his points with slides showing the lighting conditions on the night of a shooting.