Improving the Jury System

Unreliable, inefficient or inoperative altogether. Those are words that longtime trial consultant David Tunno uses to describe the jury system in the United States.

Tunno’s book Fixing the Engine of Justice, Diagnosis and Repair of Our Jury System gives his take on the problems and solutions for the jury system.

According to Tunno, the major

Can jurors decide a case based not on evidence presented at trial, but instead on a jurors’ personal experience?

Footnote 7 from the Mississippi Supreme Court’s non-decision in Sears v. Learmonth created significant teeth gnashing on  this question in the legal community—at least among lawyers who read the footnotes.

Footnote 7 was the majority’s response

Here is an interesting article titled “Through the Eyes of Jurors: The Use of Cognitive Psychology in the Application of ‘Plain Language’ Jury Instructions.” The author is Sara Gordon, a professor at the UNLV School of Law.

The article concludes that “jurors do not come to trials as blank slates; they bring with them existing

On Thursday the Mississippi Supreme Court reversed and remanded a $2.6 million judgment in Miss. Valley Silica Co. v. Eastman in a 6–3 decision. Here is the Court’s opinion.

The Court’s decision stemmed from a 2010 silica trial in Warren County that resulted in a $7.6 million jury verdict. The trial court reduced the

Should law schools change their curriculum? That was the focus of a New York Times editorial on Friday. The editorial states:

Instead of a curriculum taught largely through professors’ grilling of students about appellate cases, some schools are offering more apprentice-style learning in legal clinics and more courses that train students for their multiple future

On Tuesday I wrote about the Mississippi Supreme Court’s decision in Merchant v. Forest Family Practice Clinic. The Court reversed a defense verdict in a medical malpractice case and remanded the case for a new trial.

This is not really the subject of this post, but it’s worth noting that historically the Court does