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August 2017

August 2017

What Do Jurors Think?

By: Jacob E. Daly

Figuring out what jurors think – and, therefore, predicting what decisions they will make – is critical to success at trial. Many lawyers believe they have this figured out, but of course it is impossible to know the attitudes and beliefs of any one juror or group of 6 or 12 jurors. DecisionQuest is a national trial consulting company that has been tracking potential jurors’ attitudes for decades. It recently published the results of its 2017 National Juror Attitude Survey, which involved 1,201 respondents from 12 major metropolitan areas. Some of the results are eye-opening.

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Three Years After Ferguson Shooting, Litigation Trudges Forward

By: Wesley C. Jackson

This week marks the three-year anniversary of the August 9, 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. While the shooting sparked a national debate about officers’ use of force that continues to this day, one of the civil suits arising from the shooting is just now percolating through the federal court system. On July 25, 2017, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court’s ruling that the shooting officer, Darren Wilson, is not entitled to qualified immunity based on Brown’s companion Dorian Johnson’s claims that Wilson used excessive force against the two when he seized them just before the shooting.

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Bill To Enact Sweeping Changes To The U.S. Immigration System Proposed in Congress

By: Kenneth S. Levine

On February 13, 2017, Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue jointly introduced Senate Bill 354 (otherwise known as the “RAISE Act”). This legislation went largely unreported until August 2nd when the White House staged a press conference with both Senators to announce the Administration’s support of the bill.

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Donít Hand Me No Lines And Keep Your Hands To Yourself.

By: Shaun Daugherty

Maybe the Georgia Satellites would consider allowing a cover of their hit “Keep Your Hands to Yourself” for Taylor Swift’s next album. Turns out that the Colorado federal jury believed the victim’s testimony regarding the events that occurred during the photo op in 2013 and unanimously found in her favor Monday, August 14, 2017. David Mueller, the DJ in question, sued the singer, her mother and manager, in 2015 alleging that she provided false information that led to his firing. He claimed that the mother and manager had pressured the radio station for his firing as well. In response, the pop star counterclaimed assault and battery for the unwanted touching of her rear-end during the photo shoot.

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