“Jurors may be extra mindful of celebrities in the courtroom or on the stand, but if overplayed it can backfire. Jurors will be watching but anything seen as a ploy to manipulate the jury will be problematic.”
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) April 23, 2012
Renowned jury expert Alan Tuerkheimer has years of experience as an attorney and jury consultant and is available to comment on the upcoming Hudson murder trial in Chicago, Illinois. Case number 09 CR 0076201 in Cook County Criminal Court.
Alan points out, “While jurors, judges, attorneys, and the media are all well aware of a high-celebrity trial, jurors will ultimately do as they're told and focus on the arguments, evidence and witnesses in the case to arrive at their decisions. As the trial gruels on the novelty wears off.”
He adds, “Jurors may be extra mindful of celebrities in the courtroom or on the stand, but if overplayed it can backfire. Jurors will be watching but anything seen as a ploy, subtle or obvious, to manipulate the jury will be problematic.”
About Alan Tuerkeimer
Alan Tuerkheimer is a jury consultant at Zagnoli, McEvoy Foley LLC. He brings his background in psychology and the law to his role as litigation consultant. He has extensive experience conducting jury research including focus groups, mock trials, and venue attitude surveys and has worked with trial teams across the country on voir dire and jury selection, trial observation, shadow juries and post-trial interviews.
Tuerkheimer’s years of conducting jury research have given him an in-depth understanding of jurors’ attitudes, biases and decision-making processes. He is a highly sought-after consultant due to his ability to deliver actionable solutions that bridge the gap between trial team and jury.
He earned his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School and completed his graduate and undergraduate work in Psychology from Connecticut College and University of Wisconsin, respectively. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the American Society of Trial Consultants (ASTC), Defense Research Institute (DRI), and the American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR).