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The Case for Scientific Research in Litigation

When conducting social psychology research, the starting point is devising a clear research question, with operationally defined outcome variables. What do I want to know and how can I translate that question into measurable terms? To investigate that question, you then assemble a group of randomly selected participants. You want to ensure that the group […]

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Eyewitness Testimony- misinformation

This is the second in a series of posts about memories of eyewitness testimony. The previous post described how memories are formed and remembered, and now we’ll talk about how memories decay can be distorted and manipulated. The final post will give some suggestions on how to maximize the amount and accuracy of information an […]

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Arizona Eliminates Peremptory Challenges in All Jury Trials — What Does That Mean for Your Civil Procedure?

UPDATE: Current States Trend (updated April 4, 2023) Define Imperative : Arizona was the first state to eliminate peremptory challenges to prospective jury family members. The new law came about after a petition from a group of appellate judges was approved by the Arizona Supreme Court. This groundbreaking law took effect on January 1, 2022, […]

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The Impact of Juror Biases

Every law student learns about Batson v. Kentucky, the landmark 1986 U.S. Supreme Court case that held that a prosecutor cannot strike potential jurors based on race in a criminal trial.  That principle was later extended to civil litigation, with the Supreme Court saying in Edmondson v. Leesville Concrete Company that racially discriminatory criteria may […]

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Mass Shootings and Gun Control in America

Over the last decade, more than one million Americans have been the victims of gun violence. In 2019 the United States witnessed 372 mass shootings according to the latest statistics from the Gun Violence Archive. That means on average there was one mass shooting per day over the last twelve months in America. If this […]

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