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Massachusetts Now Permits Attorney Conducted Voir Dire and Arguments on Specific Amounts of Damages

On August 6, 2014, Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick signed into law a bill that will permit attorney conducted voir dire in Massachusetts. The bill was backed by the Massachusetts Bar Association. Until now, voir dire...more

5 Lessons From Inside the Jury Pool

Have you ever watched a sport¬ing event and thought you could do a better job than the referees? That’s a little bit what it’s like to be a litigator called for jury duty, as I was recently. The experience taught me several...more

Brownstone Appellate Law Firm Files Brief to Overturn Conviction in Dalia Dippolito Case

Brownstone Appellate Law Firm, led by attorneys Robert Sirianni, Michael Brownlee, and Andrew Greenlee, file the initial brief challenging the conviction and sentence in Dalia Dippolito case. In their brief, appellate...more

I, Juror No. 3

Since I became a practicing lawyer, I’ve been called for jury duty four times: twice in Dallas County (where I lived from 1997 to 2003), and twice in Travis County (where I live now). This past week, I served my second stint...more

A New Limit on Juror Rehabilitation in Florida

According to the Florida Supreme Court in Matarranz v. State, No. SC11-1617, 2013 WL 5255117 (Fla., Sept. 26, 2013), there is no reliable rehabilitation for a prospective juror who raises doubts of partiality based on...more

Recognizing Current Juror Attitudes Toward the First Amendment

The Newseum Institute's First Amendment Center recently released its annual survey of the "State of the First Amendment: 2013" and the results are cause for pause, though perhaps not alarm. The annual survey, which has a...more

Rule 3:22A: Expanding the Scope of Voir Dire

On January 1, 2013, a new rule passed by the Supreme Court of Virginia governing voir dire in civil trials took effect. Rule 3:22A, in essence, will both expand and standardize the scope of questioning permitted during voir...more

February 2013: Trial Practice Update

In This Issue: Court Rules Jury Voir Dire Must Be Public and Deprivation of Rebuttal Summation Leads to Reversal....more

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