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CASE COMMENTARY

phil spector     michael jackson     scott peterson    
o.j. simpson     robert blake     casey anthony    
george zimmerman     and others  

ISSUE COMMENTARY

jury service       gag orders       jury instructions      
speaking skills       testifying       jury selection      
death penalty      ageist language

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ComCon consultants frequently are interviewed by national and local media about high profile cases and about legal issues of interest to the public, including:

Case Commentary

ComCon case commentary from news articles and video footage is currently available on:

PHIL SPECTOR      criminal trial (murder)

Who was seated on the first jury?

Read PHIL SPECTOR TRIAL BEGINS IN LOS ANGELES (April, 2007)

Read OPENING STATEMENTS BEGIN IN SPECTOR CASE (April, 2007)

Watch Video  SPECTOR MURDER TRIAL STARTING (April, 2007)

Who is holding the gun?

Read SPECTOR TRIAL EXPERT BACKS SUICIDE THEORY (June, 2007)

Where is Spector's attorney, Bruce Cutler?

Read SPECTOR'S LAWYER SKIPS TRIAL TO TAPE TV SHOW (July, 2007)

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MICHAEL JACKSON      criminal trial (child molestation)

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Jury listening

Jackson in court

Jury after verdict

What does Jackson think of Snedden testifying in a pre-trial hearing?

Watch Video  SNEDDON TESTIFIES (August, 2004)

Watch Video  JACKSON CLAN HEADS TO COURT (August, 2004)

What will jurors think of Jackson and say in voir dire?

Watch Video  INSIDE THE JACKSON COURT (January, 2005)

Do jurors come to the case with fair and open minds?

Read JACKSON FACES PROSPECTIVE JURORS (February, 2005)

Watch Video  JURY SELECTION FOR JACKSON (January, 2005)

Do people want to be jurors in the case?

Read WANNABE JURORS NEEDN'T APPLY (January, 2005)

Watch Video  JURY EXPERT TALKS JACKSON CASE (January, 2005)

Will jurors view the case through a racial lens?

Watch Video  JACKSON JURY PICK DAY 2 (February, 2005)

What questions are on the juror questionnaire?

Watch Video  EXPERT TALKS JACKSON JURY (February, 2005)

Who was seated on the jury?

Watch Video  THE JACKSON JURY (February, 2005)

SCOTT PETERSON      criminal trial (death penalty)

What will jurors think of Scott's demeanor? WebSleuth's Crime Sleuthing Community discussed Dr. Kellermann's analysis of Peterson's television interviews on America's Most Wanted.

Read AMW/PETERSON INTERVIEW (February, 2004)

How does death qualifying jurors affect their decision-making?

Watch Video  DEATH QUALIFYING A JURY (March, 2004)

Did a juror inappropriately speak to Brent Rocha?

Read PETERSON JUDGE TO SUBPEONA VIDEOTAPE OF JUROR REMARK (June, 2004)

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O.J. SIMPSON      criminal trial (murder) & civil trial (wrongful death)

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Prosecution Loses

What appeals need to be made by the prosecution and defense to persuade the criminal jury?

Read PERSUADING THE SIMPSON JURY (Summer, 1995)

What strategies are the prosecution and defense using to persuade the criminal jury?

Read UCSB PROFESSOR USES SIMPSON TRIAL TO STUDY PERSUASION TECHNIQUES (August, 1995)

How effective were the closing arguments to the criminal jury?

Read LOCAL RESEARCHER GIVES COCHRAN PLAUDITS FOR PASSIONATE SPEECH (September, 1995)

Did racial differences in jury composition play a role in the civil verdict?

Read LOCALS GET MEASURE OF SATISFACTION (February, 1997)

ROBERT BLAKE      civil trial (wrongful death)

Was the civil trial celebrity justice?

Read LINDA DEUTSCH'S AP WIRE RELEASE (November, 2005)

Read THE STAR ONLINE (November, 2005)

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CASEY ANTHONY      criminal trial (death penalty)

Did the prosecution prove murder beyond a reasonable doubt?

Watch Video  REACTION TO CASEY ANTHONY VERDICT (July, 2011)

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GEORGE ZIMMERMAN      criminal trial (murder)

Why was George Zimmerman acquitted?

Watch Video  JUROR B37 AND WHY GEORGE ZIMMERMAN WAS ACQUITTED (July, 2013)

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OTHER CASES OF INTEREST      civil and criminal

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Prosecution Loses

People v. Mehserle

Does a juror's race matter in evaluating evidence?

Read MURDER TRIAL'S MOVE TO LA SETBACK FOR MEHSERLE (November, 2009)

Bowoto v. Chevron

What do jurors think of companies alleged to have caused harm in Nigeria being sued in US courts?

Read CHEVRON'S ALIEN TORT CASE OPENS IN SAN FRANCISCO: EXPERTS PONDER HOW A LIBERAL AND EDUCATED JURY POOL WILL VIEW THE NIGERIANS' CASE (October, 2008)

Amerigraphics v. Mercury Casualty

How much do jurors dislike insurance companies?

Read MILLIONS AWARDED IN INSURANCE CASE (February, 2008)

Issue Commentary

ComCon consultants frequently are asked to comment on issues related to trials and jurors by national and local media. Currently, issue commentary is available about:

JURY SERVICE

Jury

How have jurors responded to one-day, one-trial jury service?

Read JURY POOL RISES AS NEW CHANGES TAKE HOLD, BUT NEARLY TWO-THIRDS REMAIN ABSENT (November, 2004)

JURY SELECTION

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When are younger jurors preferred?

Read JURORS TEND TO BE YOUNGER IN SUMMER (August, 2008)

What can be done to seat a sympathetic jury?

Read 5 TIPS FOR SEATING A SYMPATHETIC JURY (February, 2010)

4 ways to seat the jury of your dreams

Read 4 WAYS TO SEAT THE JURY OF YOUR DREAMS (July, 2016)

GAG ORDERS

What are the effects of gag orders?

Read DISSECTING GAG ORDER'S DYNAMICS (February, 2005)

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE JURY INSTRUCTIONS

Books

Are jurors helped by California's new English language jury instructions?

Read STUMPED JURORS NOW GET INSTRUCTIONS IN PLAIN ENGLISH (August, 2005)

PUBLIC SPEAKING FOR LITIGATORS

Speaker

How can litigators become more effective speakers?

Read HOW TO IMPROVE PUBLIC SPEAKING (2004)

TESTIFYING

What advice do you have for preparing witnesses?

Read 5 TIPS FOR PREPARING YOUR WITNESSES FOR BATTLE (March, 2010)

Testifying

DEATH PENALTY

How does death qualifying jurors affect their decision-making?

Read DEATH QUALIFYING A JURY CALLED UNFAIR (March, 2004)

Watch Video  DEATH QUALIFYING A JURY (March, 2004)

How do jurors decide on life or death?

Read JUROR TELLS HOW DEATH PENALTY RECOMMENDED FOR LAKE ELSINORE MAN (February, 2008)

Is offering cultural evidence helpful to defendants?

Read ASK THE EXPERT: CULTURAL EVIDENCE AND THE JURY (February, 2008)

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AGEIST LANGUAGE IN DISCRIMINATION LAWSUITS

What role does ageist language play in age discrimination lawsuits?

Read AGEIST LANGUAGE AFFECTS WORKER PRODUCTIVITY, PROFITS (April, 2008)

Read AGEISM JOKES ARE NO LAUGHING MATTER (April, 2008)

Read WHEN WORDS GET OLD: AGEIST LANGUAGE UNDERCUTS WORKERS AND COMPANIES (April, 2008)

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