Runaway Jury – Gary Fleder

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Runaway Jury

Gary Fleder

Genre: Drama

Price: $ 4.99

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Release Date: February 17, 2004


From master storyteller John Grisham and the director of Don't Say A Word comes a taut suspense-thriller that grabs hold of you, and never lets go. When a young widow in New Orleans brings a civil suit against the powerful corporate consortium she holds responsible for her husband's murder, she sets in motion a multi-million dollar case. It's a suit that may be won even before it begins however, based solely on the selection, manipulation, and ultimately, the attempted "theft" of the jury. With lives and millions of dollars at stake, the fixer plays a deadly cat-and-mouse game with a jury member (John Cusack) and a mysterious woman (Rachel Weisz) who offer to "deliver" the verdict to the highest bidder. Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman stars as idealistic prosecutor Wendell Rohr, and Gene Hackman takes on the role of ruthless jury consultant Rankin Fitch. Packed with danger, intrigue and pulse-pounding twists and turns, Runaway Jury rules!

© © 2003 Twentieth Century Fox.

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Working Man – Robert Jury

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Working Man

Robert Jury

Genre: Drama

Price: $ 12.99

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Release Date: April 24, 2020


When the last factory in a small Rust Belt town closes its doors, an unlikely hero emerges in dutiful, quiet Allery Parkes (Peter Gerety). A career employee of the factory, the aging Allery can’t reconcile how to live a life simply sitting at home doing nothing, and against the advice and pleas of his loving wife, Iola (Talia Shire), he forms an unlikely friendship with his charismatic neighbor, Walter Brewer (Billy Brown), in order to revive the defunct factory. As their community rallies around them, and as their former corporate bosses strategize how to implode this unexpected movement, Allery learns that he might be something he never thought possible: a leader.

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  • MSM seeking juror names and home addresses (Manafort trial)
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Jury Selection

An important and very well publicized murder trial was soon to begin. In preparation for the trial, the tiresome jury selection process took place,
each side hotly contesting and dismissing potential jurors.

One prospective juror, Dan O’Keefe, was called for his question session.

He was asked, “Property holder?”

Dan replied, “Yes, I am, Your Honor.”

Then he was asked, “Married or single?”

Dan responded, “Married for twenty years, Your Honor.”

Then the judge asked, “Formed or expressed an opinion?”

Dan stated with certainty, “Not in twenty years, Your Honor.”

Received from Thomas Ellsworth.
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Getting Out of Jury Duty

Judge: Is there any reason you could not serve as a juror in this case?

Juror: I don’t want to be away from my job that long.

Judge: Can’t they do without you at work?

Juror: Yes, but I don’t want them to know it.

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Jury Selection – Update

I am heading back to the court today for round two of jury selection. I breezed through the first round. Obviously I can’t mention the case itself, but let me tell you some things I learned.

People have immense respect for the court 

I recommend serving as a juror at least once, even if it is hard to do. It does wonders for your sense country. I found it a humbling experience to sit in a packed courtroom, shoulder to shoulder, waiting for half-an-hour while the judge was in his chambers, with no one speaking a word above a whisper. No one had asked us to be quiet. It just felt like the respectful thing to do. The power of the courtroom image, and especially the American flag, is insanely strong. 

Good job on that, America. The legal system always needs improvement, but we got the respect part right. That’s the hard part.

People are not timely

I was 30 minutes late for my 9 AM court time, but I knew it would not matter because the average person is even less organized than I am. People were still streaming in a full hour after the designated start time. And even that turned out to be way too early because the court itself had more than a one-hour delay just to get through security at the front door. 

Individuals can be awesome, but “people” are a hot mess.

Presumed Guilty

The judge does a good job of explaining that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. But the court process involves every potential juror hearing the charges without any reference to the intended defense. I will spend more than a day marinating on the visual image of the defendant and the description of the charges. That seems a huge hole to put the defendant in before a case even starts. We say the defendant is presumed innocent, but the process assumes guilt because that is the thought you live with for a day before even hearing the defense case.

A better system would involve the judge summarizing the defense to come, based on a note from the defense council. That would sound something like “The defendant is charges with X. The defense will argue that the accused is the wrong person and the evidence is weak.”

Excuses that Don’t Work

I learned yesterday that the following excuses will not get you out of jury duty:

1. I could be in contract default if I get on a case. And Dilbert will go into hiatus/reruns for perhaps a week. That is not the court’s problem.

2. I work seven days a week, often starting at 4 AM, like today, and none of that work will go away if I am on a trial. At least three businesses would slow down in my absence. But it would not be an economic hardship for me, which is what the court cares about.

3. I have a cracked tooth that my dentist tells me I need to handle in a few weeks to avoid an emergency extraction should it become suddenly painful. I already have a prescription for that eventuality because it is so likely. But I guess that is why the court has alternate jurors.

4. The judge does not care that I produce Dilbert every day and that I am (by bad coincidence) simultaneously in the pre-beta stage with two startup projects this month. The court does not care that you are busy. Everyone is busy.

5. Being a trained hypnotist and a person who writes on the topic of persuasion does not automatically eliminate you from jury duty. As one lawyer pointed out to me, they allow sales professionals to be on juries. 

I am not on a case yet, so there is still the phase where the attorneys can question me in front of the other jurors. 

Time to go write a comic or two before jury duty. Gotta go.


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Freeeeedom! (from jury duty)

After three days of punishment at the hands of my inefficient government, I am a free man.

It is a deeply unpleasant experience for a modern human to sit in a room for many hours without mental or physical stimulation. That is the method we use to punish children and criminals alike. No kidding, it felt like three days of serving detention for a crime I did not commit. 

On my third day, I got lucky. The jury filled up before I got into the final round, so I was released.

And that is probably a good thing for all concerned, since I had three days to do nothing but think up entertaining answers to the judge’s list of questions. It would have been a good show. I had not yet decided whether to go full-humor or pivot to an angry citizen tirade about my wasted time and taxes. Either would have been fun.

By the way, when the attorneys talk to potential jurors, that part is largely hypnosis. The attorney’s questions operate on two levels. The obvious level is that they are asking questions to uncover any bias in the potential jurors. Sometimes they are informing the jury about the standards of evidence. But the deeper level is pure persuasion, and well done I might add. It was fun to watch the pros work, although that part did not last long.

For example, the defense seemed to be babbling almost Trump-like about the concept of the presumption of innocence. On the surface, the attorney was explaining to the jury what that legal standard means and how to apply it. But on the persuasion level, the important part was pointing to the defendant repeatedly every time the word “innocent” was uttered. I think he did it fifteen times, minimum. Good technique.

I also liked the defense attorney making people think past the sale when he asked what was worse – a guilty person being freed or an innocent person being wrongly convicted. He made us all imagine, and feel, the sense of wrongly convicting his client. Good technique again. I assume that method is fairly standard practice.

Studies show that humans put a greater value on potential loss than potential gain, so making us think of how we could lose (by convicting an innocent man) is powerful persuasion.

My favorite part of the jury selection involved the prosecutor trying to make a Chinese-born engineer agree to the statement that he could make a decision with limited information taken out of context. The engineer wasn’t buying it. He just couldn’t say something stupid in public. The prosecutor took about ten runs at the engineer, but he would not retreat from common sense and logic. He was dismissed, along with the other engineers, for what I assume was their vexing sense of reason.

The appalling part was watching several non-engineers get intimidated by the prosecutor into publicly agreeing to convict the defendant based on incomplete information. The prosecutor’s wording was different, but all of the engineers in the room heard it the way I just described it. They all protested the notion of finding certainty with uncertain data, and all were released by the prosecutor. 

According to the book Influence, when you get someone to state an opinion in their own words, even if they do not hold that opinion, it influences the speaker to adopt the opinion over time. The prosecutor was literally rewiring these people in front of me like Obi-Wan Kenobi using The Force on a storm trooper. It was frightening and cool at the same time.

And that’s why I think we need to abandon mandatory jury duty and go to a volunteer system where potential jurors are pre-screened for multiple future trials. If we bumped juror pay to $ 100 per day, and provided good meals at the court, you would get faster trials with better results at lower costs.

I would limit each volunteer juror to a five year term, just so keep the pool refreshed with modern thinking over time.

Wouldn’t that be a better system?

Update: Or how about a law the says you can’t use excuse a juror for having too much objectivity. Engineers, scientists, lawyers, should all be exempt from any removal other than “cause” as legally defined.

It is disheartening to see your taxes fund a prosecutor who is removing the best critical thinkers from the process right in front of your eyes. And it is her job to do exactly that, depending on the type of case. She would be fired if she did otherwise.

Can we do no better? The bar seems so low.

Have I mentioned that I wrote a critically-acclaimed book about systems for finding success? Holidays are coming! It is the perfect gift.


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Off to Jury Duty

I’m reporting for jury duty selection this morning. I have served a few times, and I recommend it to any citizen who has the opportunity. The experience does a good job of getting you invested in the system, and it makes you appreciate your country a bit more when you see your fellow citizens taking it seriously, which in my experience people do.

But I’m not expecting to serve this time. I will disclose that I’m a trained hypnotist and see what happens. I can’t imagine a lawyer wanting me on a jury. Seems like a good excuse for an appeal if the defendant is found guilty.

It isn’t much of an exaggeration to say the other eleven jurors will be nearly irrelevant if you put me in a quiet room with them and give me several hours of deliberation time. And this is one of those rare cases where I would go full-out on persuasion if I thought a person’s future was involved and I was confident in my opinion. It would feel wrong to do otherwise.

Hypnosis isn’t magic, so I wouldn’t be able to influence crazy people, for example. But the lawyers probably do a good job of filtering out the craziest of the crazies.

Hypnosis and persuasion work best in a controlled environment over time. Jury deliberation is exactly that. And I believe the law requires me to press my point of view with my fellow deliberators, so long as it is honest.

What is your bet? Does a hypnotist get on a jury, or will this defendant get a trial by his “peer”?

A quick Google search turned up nothing.


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