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Jury Instructions & Verdict Forms

Jury instructions and verdict forms are often hurriedly put together in the middle of trial, when an attorney has 100 other things on the mind.  And yet, these documents are critical to success at trial.  246 more words

Appellate Practice

God and Guns

A judge in Texas interrupted jury deliberations to let the members of the jury know that “God wanted a not-guilty verdict.”

I’m not making that up. 259 more words

Life

"What cross-race charge? What are you talking about?"

“All the identifying witnesses were speaking from casual observation of men they had never seen before, men of foreign race, under circumstances of unusual confusion.” Felix Frankfurter, … 757 more words

Law & Parody

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Reverses Murder Conviction Due to Unexplained Exclusion of Black Person from Jury, Despite Sufficient Evidence Otherwise to Convict

SUMMARY: The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) reversed a conviction for murder. Despite finding that there was sufficient evidence to support the conviction, the SJC found that the Superior Court had abused its discretion and created a constitutional structural error by failing to require the prosecution to give an adequate and genuine race-neutral reason for excluding a certain black person from the jury. 1,445 more words

Appeals Court Affirms Sex Offense Convictions, Despite Arguments Raised Regarding the First Amendment, Legislative Intent, and Limiting Instructions to the Jury

SUMMARY: The Massachusetts Appeals Court affirmed the defendant’s convictions for child rape, child pornography, and dissemination of matter harmful to minors when a 23-year old man and a 13-14 year old girl had sexual contact both in person and via cell phone. 1,079 more words

Appeal

Cuevas v. State 4.19.17

IN THE COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA
JUAN GABRIEL CUEVAS,
Appellant, NOT FOR PUBLICATION
v. Case No. F-2016-112
THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA, FILED… 1,347 more words

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