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William A. Ruskin: Lawyers' Use Of Internet To Influence Jurors

By William A. Ruskin In an earlier article, we discussed the danger posed to an impartial jury system by the " Googling Juror ." In his article titled " Lawyers' Use of Internet to Influence Jurors " (New York Law Journal, 6/12/12), Michael Hoenig cautions that "the danger...

William A. Ruskin: Effective Use Of Rhetorical Questions In Jury Summation

By William A. Ruskin The art of persuasion comes in many forms. Recently, we wrote an article about the plaintiff bar’s embrace of Reptile theory . The Reptile theory asserts that you can prevail at trial by speaking to, and scaring, the primitive part of jurors’ brains. However, good...