How shadow juries can predict a trial’s outcome

by Chris Mondics, Staff Writer

When Mark Calzaretta watches a jury hearing evidence in a high-stakes lawsuit, it isn’t necessarily an impartial panel of citizen peers he sees.

Rather, Calzaretta sees 10 human beings with emotional biases that, if studied diligently, can help lawyers predict with startling accuracy the outcome of a case, often before it is tried.

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Possible Tsarnaev jurors give range of death penalty views

By Milton J. Valencia GLOBE STAFF JANUARY 16, 2015

In the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one prospective juror, an account manager for a marketing firm, said nothing could change his mind about the guilt of the alleged Boston Marathon bomber, especially after his friends said it would be “cool” for him to serve on the jury, so that he could “sentence him to death.”

Another man, a product manager at a local business firm, disclosed that his wife is an intensive care unit nurse who treated some of the Marathon bombing survivors — and, “It hit my wife hard” — but maintained that he could still be an impartial juror.

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Common theme in search for Tsarnaev jury – Death penalty still at forefront

By Milton J. Valencia GLOBE STAFF JANUARY 16, 2015

A data management consultant, a state energy regulator, a computer technician, and a banker were among the prospective jurors who were called into federal court in Boston Friday to be vetted for jury duty in the trial of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

But as US District Judge George A. O’Toole Jr., defense lawyers, and prosecutors conducted the second day of questioning of prospective jurors in perhaps the most anticipated trial in Boston’s history, they continued to encounter a common theme: While some said they could keep an open mind, many said they could not vote in favor of a death sentence, even if a jury finds Tsarnaev guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Jurors submit two questions to judge in Tsarnaev trial

By Milton J. Valencia GLOBE STAFF APRIL 08, 2015

The jurors weighing the case against admitted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 12 people now the focus of the most highly watched trial in the city’s history, met in secret for just over seven hours on Tuesday in their first day of deliberations and left without a verdict.

The jurors submitted two questions at the end of the day Tuesday, but US District Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. did not publicly disclose what they were. He plans to go over the questions Wednesday morning when the jury is slated to return and continue deliberating.

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Behind The Scenes of Jury Consulting

Jury Consulting Discussion with Jury

If a case goes to trial, you can rest assured that there’s an arduous process ahead of you. After all, if the case was as “open and shut” as you sometimes hope, there would’ve likely been a plea deal or settlement before it ever got to trial. Once a case ends up in the courtroom, everyone is on an equal playing field. No matter how great an attorney is or how obvious the eventual verdict seems, there are no guarantees. This is why legal professionals around the world now utilize jury consulting services to gain the upper hand.

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