Handbook of Trial Consulting by Richard L. Wiener, Brian H. Bornstein (auth.), Richard L.

By Richard L. Wiener, Brian H. Bornstein (auth.), Richard L. Wiener, Brian H. Bornstein (eds.)

Handbook of Trial Consulting

Richard L. Wiener and Brian H. Bornstein, editors

Since its beginnings in clinical jury choice, trial consulting has engendered a transforming into educational literature, a qualified organization, and a thriving protecting many discrete components of perform. And whereas there's no particular process learn for trial specialists, a lot of what constitutes the sector falls less than the heading of felony psychology, with a couple of on hand volumes at the topic. The HandbookofTrialConsulting differs from the others in its emphasis on social analytic jurisprudence, an empirically-based interdisciplinary lens for figuring out felony matters and trying out the assumptions that the legislations, and legal professionals, make approximately human habit, supporting to make sure neutral, effective provider in various contexts whereas minimizing procedural and moral pitfalls. participants concentrate on utilized learn tools, powerful testimony innovations, particular psycholegal concerns, issues to ascertain what trial specialists may still understand about:

  • Jury choice and jury decision-making
  • Social-cognitive points of felony persuasion
  • The admissibility of professional witness testimony.
  • Using survey examine, information, and technological evidence
  • Assessment of economic and neuropsychological damages
  • Avoiding conflicts of interest

Occupying an important intersection among disciplines (and even advising attorneys approximately what they could anticipate from consultants), the HandbookofTrialConsulting is a field-defining source for felony psychologists, andpsychiatrists, legal professionals, criminologists, sociologists, and political scientists in addition to graduate scholars and academicians in psychology and legislations.

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Newport News claimed that the delay in shipment did not violate the contract between the two companies and hired consultants to assist with jury selection (Frederick, 1984). Social scientists administered a community survey to jury-eligible participants that asked ­participants to make verdict and compensation decisions about a hypothetical case similar to the Shell Oil case. Factor analysis of attitudinal questionnaire items yielded a verdict preference score. This score was then used as a dependent ­measure for regression analysis, which identified race of the respondent, prior military ­service, education level, and beliefs about the responsibility of the manufacturer for delays as significant predictor variables (Frederick).

B. B. Kovera for the case. Relying on data they collected using a community survey, the social scientists developed profiles of favorable and unfavorable jurors and determined that the venire was unsympathetic to the defense’s case overall (Frederick, 1984). , the judge allowed one or two F scale questions) ­during voir dire (Frederick). Analysis indicated that jury selection in this case resulted in a more favorable jury for the defense. Jurors who were excluded during jury selection scored higher on measures of authoritarianism, were more likely to have proprosecution attitudes on the survey instrument, and were more likely to have “unfavorable” ratings on the in-court assessment of nonverbal behavior than jurors who were seated in the trial (Frederick).

This score was then used as a dependent ­measure for regression analysis, which identified race of the respondent, prior military ­service, education level, and beliefs about the responsibility of the manufacturer for delays as significant predictor variables (Frederick). Although this case settled prior to trial, this research does suggest that SJS techniques have the potential to change the attitudinal composition of the jury. However, it is important to interpret these results cautiously as they represent findings from single cases and the studies do not allow for a comparison of SJS techniques with more traditional methods of jury selection.

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