How many times have you debriefed jurors after they rendered their verdict and been surprised by what they told you? Jurors don't deliberate based on facts and argument. They deliberate based on their perception of the facts and arguments. And it is the juror's belief system that accounts for the varying way that jurors perceive facts and arguments.
That is the start of an informative how-to piece in The Jury Expert by psychologist Matthew L. Ferrara, a trial consultant based in Austin, Texas.
The current issue of The Jury Expert has several other interesting articles, including:
- Police deception during interrogation and its surprising influence on jurors' perceptions of confession evidence by Krista D. Forrest & William Douglas Woody
- Do we need Einsteins in the jury box? The role and impact of juror IQ by Alison Bennett
- What the literature tells us about the jury foreperson by Traci Feller
Photo: "The Jury," John Morgan, 1861 (Public domain; source: Wikimedia commons)