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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Devlin Barrett and Matt Zapotosky, The Washington Post Published 7:20 pm CDT, Wednesday, August 22, 2018 The verdict in the Paul Manafort trial came through loud and clear Tuesday - guilty of eight crimes - but a day later, legal analysts were still trying to figure out exactly what it meant. Jurors left without speaking to reporters, so how they came to decide that the former Trump campaign chairman was guilty of some charges, and why they failed to reach a consensus on 10 others, is unknown. "A jury is a black box. People spend their lives trying to anticipate jury verdicts, but they are endlessly surprised," said New York University law professor Stephen Gillers. Of particular note to lawyers, the panel convicted Manafort of at least one of each type of charge he faced: bank fraud, lying to the IRS and failing to file a foreign bank account form. "That tells me that this was a studious jury," Gillers said. On the counts for which the panel was split, he pointed out … [Read more...] about Manafort verdict suggests compromise inside jury room, but split is unclear
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
By Larry Altman | [email protected] | Daily BreezePUBLISHED: December 4, 2016 at 10:59 pm | UPDATED: September 6, 2017 at 4:50 am Mason Zisette would be 18 now, a Mira Costa High School graduate in his freshman year at college. The Manhattan Beach teen was thinking Duke or Southern Methodist, with plans to take courses in finance. “He was full of joy. He was exuberant,” his mother, Amy Zisette, recalls. “He woke up every day and looked for the good in the day. … He was the sweetest, kindest heart ever and was a joy for us.” More than 1,800 people attended Mason’s funeral in 2014 following his death from a freak accident aboard a double-decker Starline Tours bus. Severe brain injury Attending a friend’s Sweet 16 party on July 10, 2014, Mason hit his head against the Spruce Street pedestrian bridge as he stood upstairs on the open air bus that was traveling south along the … [Read more...] about Jury assigns blame, awards $26 million in fatal injury of Manhattan Beach teen on tour bus