Entries Tagged as 'Trial Topics'

Presenting to the jury: client’s delay in seeking treatment for damages

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By Amy Singer, Ph.D., Diana Greninger and Kemberlee Bonnet

It is not uncommon in personal injury cases for the injured individual to delay seeking medical treatment after an incident. Why is that?  The fact is that injured persons often do not experience symptoms of injury at the time of an incident, however much later, an injury related to the incident emerges. We refer to such injuries as “latent” injuries, an injury in which the onset of symptoms is delayed. As an attorney you must be able to recognize that jurors will most likely have an uninformed response, most likely negative, to the concept of latent injuries.  


Social media delayed: a case of life and death

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Jodi Arias - by foxnews.comBy Jo-Ellan Dimitrius, Ph.D., Amy Singer, Ph.D. and Diana Greninger

Jury selection for Jodi Arias sentencing phase began this Monday in Arizona.  Given this case’s publicity, social media has once again come into question.  As citizens, we must ask ourselves, is it possible social media is affecting our jury system? Are defendants in these high publicity trials in fact getting a fair and impartial jury of peers? How can attorneys select a panel of impartial jurors once the case has been broadcasted to the world?  Is social media affecting witness testimony or any other aspects of a trial?



Cuing Positive Memory Recall With Jurors

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By Amy Singer, Ph.D.

Hypnotists, behavioral modification counselors, specialists in neurolinguistic programming, and similar professionals are knowledgeable about, and employ, various highly powerful psychological techniques to convince, persuade, and influence others. Some of these techniques are directly applicable for use with jurors. They are remarkably potent because they operate on the jurors' subconscious mental processes1. One of the most effective of these techniques is a process known as "anchoring."


The power of discovering the argument to which there is no counterargument

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By Amy Singer, Ph.D. and Diana Greninger

What is the key to winning a jury trial?  Finding the argument to which there is no counterargument…and making sure the jury understands it clearly.



Are you de-selecting the wrong jurors?

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By Amy Singer, Ph.D., Diana Greninger and Kemberlee Bonnet

When it comes to voir dire, attorneys have to de-select from the venire members they are “dealt.” It is similar to a game of Rummy. When your hand is dealt, you discard the cards you don’t want and keep the ones that will give you the greatest chance of winning.  This might seem counter intuitive when it comes to voir dire, but people bring with them their worldviews and personality traits that are difficult to “pick” from. So how does one sort through these characteristics and decide who to de-select? First identify what kind of individuals cannot fairly decide your case.



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