Dr. Huntley Taylor on Court TV discussing the value of closing arguments. Closings do not change minds, but they do offer counsel an opportunity to tie up the evidence and testimony into a narrative. They give jurors a roadmap and the tools for arguing the case in deliberations.
Dr. Huntley Taylor on Law and Crime discussing the clothing choices of Amber Heard and what those choices might convey to the jury. While it would be nice to think that clothing and appearance do not matter, they absolutely do. This is true for parties, clients, attorneys, and witnesses. We like to say "the jurors will never get to know you, so they take their cues about you however they can." Two keys about choice of attire--1) avoid distractions and 2) project the image you want, be it warm, professional, caring, etc.
Credibility was key to the allegations of Elizabeth Holmes' fraud trial. She carefully crafted her image when she was selling Theranos to clients and again when she was selling herself to the jury. Inside Edition went so far as to ask if Ms. Holmes' pregnancy was part of that trial image. In this clip, Dr. Huntley Taylor won't go that far, but far enough to say that nothing is accidental when it comes to Ms. Holmes.
Dr. Huntley Taylor on Law and Crime discussing the credibility of defendant Reeves on the stand. Reeves, a 79 year-old former police officer, on trial for shooting and killing a fellow movie-goer in a movie theatre eight years ago. Reeves admitted second guessing his actions which is a major credibility booster. It humanizes him, it shows he cares that this happened, it endears him to the jury. When any key witness testifies, they need to know when to fight and when not to fight. Fighting on issues raises their importance in the eyes of the jury. Admitting them suggests to the jury that they are not important to the decision at-hand.
Brief clip of Dr. Huntley Taylor on Court TV talking about the art of jury selection. There is social science research to back up what types of jurors each side will want. However, the process itself is much more of an art. A lot of strategy involved from what to ask, who to ask, and how to ask as well as how to protect those you want on and remove those you want off.
Brief clip of Dr. Huntley Taylor on Law & Crime during the Halderson murder trial in Wisconsin. Whether it be murder or civil misconduct, juries pay attention to everything and are particularly interested in assessing the credibility of the person accused.
Brief clip of Dr. Huntley Taylor on Law & Crime during the Chauvin jury selection, about inviting jurors to share experiences and views on tough issues. It is also important to approach jurors, normalize bias and invite jurors to share biases that may lead to a cause challenge and save peremptory challenges.
Dr. Huntley Taylor commenting on Law & Crime during the Chauvin trial. Opening statements lay out the story of the case but in doing so, they lay out commitments about what the jurors will be hearing. Attorneys should only make commitments they know they can keep.
Dr. Huntley Taylor commenting about jury selection on Inside Edition during the Harvey Weinstein trial. When selecting a jury, leadership is a significant consideration. As we know, Weinstein never got his ideal juror and was convicted. Query whether that juror existed in his case.