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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Monday, November 22, 2010

"For Judges, Lawyers and Fellow Jurors, the Challenges of Dealing With a Holdout"

This interesting article is in The New York Times:

Jurors’ notes in any number of cases have disclosed the infinite variety of holdout-induced frustration, including descriptions of chairs thrown and insults hurled.

Holdouts can be oddballs and misfits. But they can also be people devoted to the principle that a just conviction requires true unanimity, not compromise. So lawyers and jury consultants say the legal risks are great and the strategy uncertain when there are hints of a holdout.

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