By Ron Sokol | [email protected] | Daily BreezePUBLISHED: May 12, 2015 at 9:23 pm | UPDATED: September 6, 2017 at 5:55 am Q: We are seeking money from a company with which we had an agreement, but it failed and then refused to meet certain conditions. We’re seeking reimbursement for considerable credits and benefits they were provided (into six figures). The company has “cross-claimed” us, contending that because we stopped doing business with them, they lost a bunch of money and almost had to close. Are we better off with a judge or a jury? — W.H., Hawthorne A: Judge trials tend to be less time consuming and less costly because there is less you have to do (i.e., pick a jury or prepare jury instructions). Most lawyers would probably tell you there also is less risk of a “runaway” verdict with a judge — the jury may be more emotional, and thereby more inclined to “sock it to the bad guy,” if there is one. With a judge, the use of … [Read more...] about Ask the Lawyer: Which is better, a judge or a jury?
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(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) James Binnall, California State University, Long Beach (THE CONVERSATION) Florida residents will vote on Nov. 6 on an amendment that would restore voting rights to 1 million people in Florida who are currently barred from voting because of a felony conviction. What many people do not know is that in Florida, those same people are also excluded from ever serving as jurors. While that’s not on the ballot in Florida, I believe allowing felons to serve on juries has just as much to do with ensuring the democratic ideals of shared governance and active liberty that voting provides. To date, the issue of excluding felons from juries has remained an almost entirely invisible punishment. As a scholar on the exclusion of felons from jury service, I have conducted a series of studies that call into question the stated purposes for the practice, while highlighting its negative … [Read more...] about Felons barred from jury duty: An unjustified punishment
Jimmie E. Gates Mississippi Clarion Ledger Published 12:15 PM EDT Oct 5, 2018 Backlogged courts and professional experience are the overriding themes in the Hinds County Circuit District 4 judicial race. When Circuit Judge Bill Gowan retired on March 31 before his term ended, Gov. Phil Bryant appointed Clinton attorney Joseph Anthony Sclafani to serve out the remainder of the term. Sciafani then threw his name in as a candidate for that $136,000-a-year job along with three others — former Hinds County District Attorney Faye Peterson, attorney Gerald Kucia of national law firm Morgan and Morgan; and Jackson attorney Trent Walker, who has his own private practice. The nonpartisan race will on the ballot in the Nov. 6 general election. Circuit judges serve four-year terms. Joseph Anthony Sclafani Age: 43 Residence: Clinton Education: Mississippi College School of Law. Undergraduate degree in history from Mississippi College. Experience: Hinds … [Read more...] about Judicial candidates speak on Hinds County’s criminal justice system
MANAFORT TRIAL ALERT … CNN’S JEREMY HERB (@jeremyherb): “NEW from @kpolantz: Jury has asked: ‘If we cannot come to a consensus for a single count, how can we fill in the verdict sheet?’”SIREN … “Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen discussing plea deal with prosecutors,” by NBC’s Sarah Fitzpatrick, Joe Valiquette, Jonathan Dienst and Tom Winter: “Those sources stress no deal has been reached but do say the potential deal could be reached as early as today.” NBCPBS’ LISA DESJARDINS (@LisaDNews): “NEW BREAKING: Sen. Collins just said Kavanaugh told her he agrees w Roberts' take on Roe V Wade - that it is settled law.”FUN DETAILS FROM NEW FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORTS … -- SEN. TED CRUZ (R-TEXAS) accepted $7,021 worth of Houston Rockets and Houston Astros tickets in 2017. All were from Robert Marling, a Houston businessman. (Cruz’s wife accepted one $675 ticket to the Astros). He also accepted … [Read more...] about POLITICO Playbook PM: Manafort jury asks judge about deadlock on one count, as NBC reports Michael Cohen might cut plea deal
Paul Manafort’s tax- and bank-fraud trial is set to kick off its third day of jury deliberations Monday with questions swirling about jurors’ ability to ignore the politically charged cacophony enveloping them, including President Donald Trump’s public suggestion that his former campaign chairman’s trial is a miscarriage of justice. Jurors weighing the evidence against Manafort have long known that they’re assigned to a high-profile case; the packed courtroom, reporters dashing out to file stories and fleet of satellite trucks deployed around the Alexandria, Virginia, courthouse leave little doubt of that.Story Continued Below However, Trump’s comments Friday calling Manafort a “good person” and his trial a “very sad day” may have intensified the pressure on jurors as they try to follow U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis’ repeated instructions to ignore media coverage and other public commentary about the case. … [Read more...] about Manafort trial Day 15: Jury meets for third day as Trump-fueled political cacophony grows