juror bias

Summary: In Episode #24 of the SM JUROR Podcast, Juror Misconduct Law in Review, Attorney Nilgün Aykent Zahour analyzes the juror misconduct issues in Vasquez Juarez v. State, No. 2452, SEPT.TERM,2017, 2019 WL 4187473 (Md. Ct. Spec. App. Sept. 3, 2019). Issue: In denying defendant’s motion for mistrial, did the trial court abuse its discretion in refusing to voir dire a juror who may have known a trial witness?

Summary: Nilgün Aykent Zahour analyzes the juror misconduct issues in Palma v. Rite Aid Corp., No. B280445, 2018 WL 3640482 (Cal. Ct. App. Aug. 1, 2018).  The issues we’re going to discuss are evidence of a juror’s personal experiences, factors used in rebutting the presumption of prejudice, a juror’s self-translation efforts, sleeping jurors, and jurors who would not deliberate.  

Can a juror’s own affidavit, demonstrating racial bias, be used to overturn a murder conviction entered 25 years ago and give the defendant a new trial? You may be surprised. Watch SM JUROR’s video analysis of the juror misconduct issues in Tharpe v. Warden, No. 17-14027-P, 2018 WL 3816839 (11th Cir. Aug. 10, 2018). Issues …

Can a juror’s own affidavit, demonstrating racial bias, be used to overturn a murder conviction entered 25 years ago and give the defendant a new trial? Read More »

The following is SM JUROR’s slideshare analysis of People v. Kuzdzal, 144 A.D.3d 1618, 42 N.Y.S.3d 507 (N.Y. App. Div. 2016).