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Month: April 2021

BASIC CROSS EXAMINATION OUTLINE FOR A DEFENSE EXPERT ECONOMIST

BASIC CROSS EXAMINATION OUTLINE FOR A DEFENSE EXPERT ECONOMIST

In cases with significant economic loss, we may decide that we need an expert in economics to project the future economic loss for the jury. In Washington, it is not error to refuse to instruct the jury to discount future medical expenses and lost earning capacity to present cash value if no evidence is introduced as to the proper interest rate or mathematical formula. However, there are cases where present cash value and expert testimony is called for. In those…

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EMPOWERING THE JURY TO ACT AS THE CONSCIENCE OF THE COMMUNITY

EMPOWERING THE JURY TO ACT AS THE CONSCIENCE OF THE COMMUNITY

INTRODUCTION We know research has shown the majority of  jurors want to feel their verdict is a “meaningful verdict.” That means a verdict which they will be proud of when they go home. They also want to do “the right thing” and be involved in a trial that has importance, so their time spent was not wasted. We should address these motivations in argument by making the case more important than simply resolving the issues involving the two sides in the trial….

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