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Trial Consulting

Amy J. Posey and Lawrence S. Wrightsman

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195183092
eISBN:
9780199893454
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183092.001.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Forensic Psychology

In its roughly 25 years of existence, the trial-consulting profession has grown dramatically in membership, recognition, and breadth of practice. What began as a small activist group of social ... More


What Needs to Be Changed?

Amy J. Posey and Lawrence S. Wrightsman

in Trial Consulting

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195183092
eISBN:
9780199893454
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183092.003.0010
Subject:
Psychology, Forensic Psychology

This chapter evaluates the contributions of litigation consultants to the functioning of the legal system. It offers conclusions about each of the several activities described in previous chapters. ... More


Trial Consulting: Does It Help to Achieve the Goal of Justice?

Amy J. Posey and Lawrence S. Wrightsman

in Trial Consulting

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195183092
eISBN:
9780199893454
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183092.003.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Forensic Psychology

This chapter begins with a brief description of the purpose of the book, which is to explore the multitude of roles for trial consultants, in order to describe the major activities they do (not just ... More


Witness Preparation

Amy J. Posey and Lawrence S. Wrightsman

in Trial Consulting

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195183092
eISBN:
9780199893454
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183092.003.0002
Subject:
Psychology, Forensic Psychology

This chapter describes the procedures in the preparation of witnesses. Lawyers may lack the time—and, more importantly, the skills—to determine how effective their witnesses will be before the jury. ... More


Change of Venue

Amy J. Posey and Lawrence S. Wrightsman

in Trial Consulting

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195183092
eISBN:
9780199893454
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183092.003.0003
Subject:
Psychology, Forensic Psychology

This chapter discusses the research on the effects of pre-trial publicity on jurors’ decisions, evaluates methods commonly used by the courts in an attempt to alleviate such effects, and reviews ... More


Small-Group Research

Amy J. Posey and Lawrence S. Wrightsman

in Trial Consulting

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195183092
eISBN:
9780199893454
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183092.003.0004
Subject:
Psychology, Forensic Psychology

Pre-trial small-group research (SGR) does not necessarily eliminate all surprises, but it can open the attorney’s and the client’s eyes to unforeseen problems or opportunities. The trouble with ... More


Trial Strategies and Procedures

Amy J. Posey and Lawrence S. Wrightsman

in Trial Consulting

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195183092
eISBN:
9780199893454
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183092.003.0005
Subject:
Psychology, Forensic Psychology

When the decision is made to proceed to trial, the attorney’s strategy becomes relevant, beginning with construction of the opening statement, followed by presentation of evidence, questioning of ... More


What Do We Know About Jury Deliberations and the Determinants of Jury Decisions?

Amy J. Posey and Lawrence S. Wrightsman

in Trial Consulting

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195183092
eISBN:
9780199893454
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183092.003.0006
Subject:
Psychology, Forensic Psychology

The ultimate goal of all trial consultants is an outcome that achieves success for their clients, whether it is a favorable settlement or the desired trial verdict. Since many of the cases lead to a ... More


Jury Selection: Measures of General Bias

Amy J. Posey and Lawrence S. Wrightsman

in Trial Consulting

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195183092
eISBN:
9780199893454
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183092.003.0007
Subject:
Psychology, Forensic Psychology

Given the fragile relationship between jurors’ demographic classifications or internal qualities and their verdicts, trial consultants have followed two pathways in advising and evaluating jury ... More


Jury Selection: Case-Specific Approaches

Amy J. Posey and Lawrence S. Wrightsman

in Trial Consulting

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195183092
eISBN:
9780199893454
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183092.003.0008
Subject:
Psychology, Forensic Psychology

Chapter 7 described how legal consultants sometimes administer sets of attitude statements that assess broad biases that many prospective jurors inevitably hold. This chapter examines how trial ... More


Jury Selection: Effectiveness and Ethics

Amy J. Posey and Lawrence S. Wrightsman

in Trial Consulting

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195183092
eISBN:
9780199893454
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183092.003.0009
Subject:
Psychology, Forensic Psychology

This chapter examines the effectiveness of what is referred to as “jury selection” and evaluates the ethics of such a procedure. In describing the viewpoints of some of the critics of the process, it ... More


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