Volume 10, Issue 1 – May 2013

The Folly of Simply "Following the Court's Instruction"

Very few jurors can admit that they are unable to be fair, or unable to follow the judge’s instructions. This is not an example of a juror’s bad behavior, but rather human nature. One of the challenges jurors have in “following the instructions” is that jurors are often left with no choice but to make use of their own experiences and attitudes in doing so.

What Can Homeland Teach Us About Frameworks

Think of a framework, very simply, as the picture on the puzzle box – absent the picture, a single puzzle piece lacks meaning. A major goal of our strategy sessions is to create a “framework” or narrative structure that allows jurors to piece together the facts, evidence, and testimony into a coherent and compelling “picture” of your case. Absent this framework, jurors don’t always know what to do with the evidence (they can’t see where it “fits” with everything else they are earing), which can result in important documents or testimony being left out of the decision making process.

Welcome Jonathan Lytle

Tsongas is pleased to welcome Jonathan M. Lytle, Ph.D., as the newest member of our team.