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The Hidden Jury: And Other Secret Tactics Lawyers Use to Winby Paul M. Lisnek
Synopses & Reviews
For the first time, The Hidden Jury reveals the inner workings of the jury consultant, who from the jury selection to the verdict influences every aspect of the trial and its outcome. These professionals are members of an increasingly widespread, yet relatively new contingent of the justice system. From high-profile trials like O.J. Simpson and the Menendez brothers to recent major cases, the jury consultant is the hidden partner to the trial lawyer.
Leading jury consultant and television trial commentator Paul M. Lisnek explains how lawyers on both sides work with jury consultants to manipulate the trial system. This eye-opening book shows how jury consultants are changing the face of American justice and tells you what you need to know to ensure a level playing field.
"Straightforward, well-researched and highly readable...should become a standard in the field....His excellent explanations...will surprise many readers." Publishers Weekly
"The curious — layperson and lawyer alike — will find the book illuminating." Carol Moseley Braun, Former U.S. Senator, U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and Prosecutor
"A frank look at the way lawyers look for biased jurors — and why people think the justice system at times does not seem to work." Linda B. Kenney, trial attorney and television commentator
Book News Annotation:
Trial consultant Lisnek conversationally describes his perspective on the American trial system, offering descriptions of the jury selection process, community attitude research, witness preparation, and other aspects of the "day-to-day" work of the jury consultant. He brings in numerous examples from his professional experience, often amalgamations of cases, and cites examples from such famous cases as the O.J. Simpson trial. This book was originally announced as
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Reveals behind-the-scenes tactics lawyers use to influence and win court cases.
Table of Contents
Introduction: should we really kill all the lawyers? — Fair and impartial? Not a chance — My world and welcome to it — It it doesn't fit, you'd best quit — A match made in heaven...or at least in science — If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, then lawyers are from Uranus — "First thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers..." — Nothing but the truth...sort of — It ain't over 'til the last juror sings — Fair, but partial : as good as it gets — Appendix: code of professional standards.
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