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Jury

University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law

2016

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Foster V. Chatman And The Failings Of Batson, Patrick C. Brayer Jan 2016

Foster V. Chatman And The Failings Of Batson, Patrick C. Brayer

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When the Supreme Court delivered its ruling in Foster v Chatman, the court described the actions of the prosecutors as being “motivated in substantial part by race” when they struck two potential jurors from hearing the capital murder case against Timothy Foster. This phenomenon of open and explicit racial intolerance is unfortunately still in existence thirty years after Foster first went to trial. What the Court failed to acknowledge was how new attitudes of exclusion are less intentional today and more nuanced, implicit, and rationalized. Black defendant’s in 2016 face prosecutors who are less engaged in open discrimination but more …


The Disconnected Juror: Smart Devices And Juries In The Digital Age Of Litigation, Patrick C. Brayer Jan 2016

The Disconnected Juror: Smart Devices And Juries In The Digital Age Of Litigation, Patrick C. Brayer

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As we progress toward a post-digital age of individuals becoming one with technology, the legal profession will encounter an increasing number of jurors who have never known life without the Internet, social media or mobile devices. At the same time an increasing number of citizens are becoming dependent on digital technology, state supreme courts, state trial judges, and federal judges from across the nation are banning and confiscating cell phones, tablets, and other devices of connection to prevent jurors from engaging in misconduct. This article illuminates the unintended consequences that arise when courts remove from a sitting juror an individual …