Archives: Lessons

* People v. Rivera, No. A157315, 2020 WL 5691231 (Cal. Ct. App. Sept. 24, 2020).

People v. Rivera, No. A157315, 2020 WL 5691231 (Cal. Ct. App. Sept. 24, 2020). Categories: duty to investigate, juror note, sleeping juror, admonition, juror inattentiveness, good cause to discharge a juror, forfeit, acquiescence to trial court’s handling of the issue, trial court’s discretion, speculation, sua sponte duty, and Record on Appeal. Make sure you read …

* People v. Rivera, No. A157315, 2020 WL 5691231 (Cal. Ct. App. Sept. 24, 2020). Read More »

Richards v. State, No. 78196, 2020 WL 5652374 (Nev. Sept. 18, 2020).

Richards v. State, No. 78196, 2020 WL 5652374 (Nev. Sept. 18, 2020). Categories: motion for new trial, defendant’s failure to testify, failure to follow trial court’s instructions, intrinsic juror misconduct, juror comments, NRS 50.065(2), improper communications, jury polling, no prejudice, and overwhelming evidence of guilt. Make sure you read this case carefully, study the lesson …

Richards v. State, No. 78196, 2020 WL 5652374 (Nev. Sept. 18, 2020). Read More »

Pena v. State, No. 04-19-00576-CR, 2020 WL 5646475 (Tex. App. Sept. 23, 2020).

Pena v. State, No. 04-19-00576-CR, 2020 WL 5646475 (Tex. App. Sept. 23, 2020). Categories: motion for new trial, evidentiary hearing, juror testimony, outside influence, abuse of discretion definition, Tex. R. App. P. 21.3(f), Tex. R. Evid. 606(b), and credibility determinations.   Make sure you read this case carefully, study the lesson handout, review the issue …

Pena v. State, No. 04-19-00576-CR, 2020 WL 5646475 (Tex. App. Sept. 23, 2020). Read More »

Farm Bureau New Horizons Ins. Co. of Missouri v. Smith, No. SD 36295, 2020 WL 5640417 (Mo. Ct. App. Sept. 22, 2020).

Farm Bureau New Horizons Ins. Co. of Missouri v. Smith, No. SD 36295, 2020 WL 5640417 (Mo. Ct. App. Sept. 22, 2020). Categories: motion for new trial, Mo. Sup. Ct. R. 78.03, Mo. Sup. Ct. R. 84.05, Record on Appeal, no evidentiary support, presumptively erroneous order granting a new trial, and trial court’s discretion. Make …

Farm Bureau New Horizons Ins. Co. of Missouri v. Smith, No. SD 36295, 2020 WL 5640417 (Mo. Ct. App. Sept. 22, 2020). Read More »

Cooke v. State, No. A20A1428, 2020 WL 5525024 (Ga. Ct. App. Sept. 15, 2020).

Cooke v. State, No. A20A1428, 2020 WL 5525024 (Ga. Ct. App. Sept. 15, 2020). Categories: motion for new trial, improper communications, outside communications, rebuttable presumption of prejudice, shifting of the burden of proof, admonition, evidentiary hearing, juror testimony, no prejudice, and harmless error. Make sure you read this case carefully, study the lesson handout, review …

Cooke v. State, No. A20A1428, 2020 WL 5525024 (Ga. Ct. App. Sept. 15, 2020). Read More »

* Borg v. Cloutier, No. 41693, 2020 WL 5507377 (Conn. App. Ct. Sept. 15, 2020).

Borg v. Cloutier, No. 41693, 2020 WL 5507377 (Conn. App. Ct. Sept. 15, 2020). Categories: motion to set aside the verdict, duty to investigate, adequacy/scope of the trial court’s investigation, juror comments, juror bias, juror opinion, juror and court clerk, discharged juror, denial of an evidentiary hearing, waiver, trial court’s instructions, curative instruction, trial court’s …

* Borg v. Cloutier, No. 41693, 2020 WL 5507377 (Conn. App. Ct. Sept. 15, 2020). Read More »

State v. Vargas, No. 1 CA-CR 18-0662, 2020 WL 5423081 (Ariz. Ct. App. Sept. 10, 2020).

State v. Vargas, No. 1 CA-CR 18-0662, 2020 WL 5423081 (Ariz. Ct. App. Sept. 10, 2020). Categories: motion for mistrial, Ariz. R. Crim.P. 24.1(c)(3), juror’s past experiences, admonition, individualized juror questioning, juror hardship, excused juror, alternate juror, credibility determinations, no juror misconduct, no prejudice, no presumption of prejudice, fundamental error, juror statements, juror bullying, and …

State v. Vargas, No. 1 CA-CR 18-0662, 2020 WL 5423081 (Ariz. Ct. App. Sept. 10, 2020). Read More »

Marsh v. Sandstone North, LLC, 2020 IL App (4th) 190314, decided on September 9, 2020.

Marsh v. Sandstone North, LLC, 2020 IL App (4th) 190314. This case was decided on September 9, 2020. Categories: motion for new trial, voir dire, juror bias, Facebook posts, forfeit, issue preservation, burden of proof, and no juror misconduct. Make sure you read this case carefully, study the lesson handout, review the issue and summary, …

Marsh v. Sandstone North, LLC, 2020 IL App (4th) 190314, decided on September 9, 2020. Read More »

People v. Smith, No. B290425, 2020 WL 5391131 (Cal. Ct. App. Sept. 9, 2020).

People v. Smith, No. B290425, 2020 WL 5391131 (Cal. Ct. App. Sept. 9, 2020). Categories: juror note, juror’s life experiences, juror questioning, trial court’s inquiry, sleeping juror, good cause to excuse juror, demonstrable reality standard, and deliberations. Make sure you read this case carefully, study the lesson handout, review the issue and summary, and complete …

People v. Smith, No. B290425, 2020 WL 5391131 (Cal. Ct. App. Sept. 9, 2020). Read More »

People v. Lewis, No. B296286, 2020 WL 5391037 (Cal. Ct. App. Sept. 9, 2020).

People v. Lewis, No. B296286, 2020 WL 5391037 (Cal. Ct. App. Sept. 9, 2020). Categories: juror note, juror’s life experiences, juror questioning, trial court’s inquiry, sleeping juror, good cause to excuse juror, demonstrable reality standard, and deliberations. Make sure you read this case carefully, study the lesson handout, review the issue and summary, and complete …

People v. Lewis, No. B296286, 2020 WL 5391037 (Cal. Ct. App. Sept. 9, 2020). Read More »

Reinert v. State, 2020 MT 226N, decided on September 8, 2020.

Reinert v. State, 2020 MT 226N. This case was decided on September 8, 2020. Categories: petition for post-conviction relief, ineffective assistance of counsel, burden of proof, conclusory allegations, denial without an evidentiary hearing, possible juror misconduct, internet research, news coverage, clearly erroneous standard of review, abuse of discretion standard of review, de novo standard of …

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Marinovic v. Serrano, No. E070214, 2020 WL 5269432 (Cal. Ct. App. Sept. 4, 2020).

Marinovic v. Serrano, No. E070214, 2020 WL 5269432 (Cal. Ct. App. Sept. 4, 2020). Categories: juror comments, motion to excuse/dismiss juror, trial court’s observations, credibility determinations, trial court’s inquiry, juror questioning, laughing juror, no prejudice, juror and witness, issue preservation and Record on Appeal. Make sure you read this case carefully, study the lesson handout, …

Marinovic v. Serrano, No. E070214, 2020 WL 5269432 (Cal. Ct. App. Sept. 4, 2020). Read More »

People v. Caguana, 2020 IL App (1st) 180006, decided on September 4, 2020.

People v. Caguana, 2020 IL App (1st) 180006. This case was decided on September 4, 2020. Categories: motion for new trial, voir dire, extraneous information, juror affidavit, evidentiary hearing, juror testimony, internet research, newspaper, improper communications, trial court’s investigation, trial court’s inquiry, prejudice, abuse of discretion, de novo standard, juror’s thought processes, shifting of the …

People v. Caguana, 2020 IL App (1st) 180006, decided on September 4, 2020. Read More »

Smith v. State, No. 6896, 2020 WL 5229376 (Alaska Ct. App. Sept. 2, 2020).

Smith v. State, No. 6896, 2020 WL 5229376 (Alaska Ct. App. Sept. 2, 2020). Categories: juror’s duty, motion to excuse juror, deliberations, juror nondisclosure, Facebook friend, trial court’s investigation, juror testimony, individualized juror questioning, credibility determinations, juror bias, and extraneous information. Make sure you read this case carefully, study the lesson handout, review the issue …

Smith v. State, No. 6896, 2020 WL 5229376 (Alaska Ct. App. Sept. 2, 2020). Read More »

State v. Fortune, No. 1 CA-CR 19-0635, 2020 WL 5200959 (Ariz. Ct. App. Sept. 1, 2020).

State v. Fortune, No. 1 CA-CR 19-0635, 2020 WL 5200959 (Ariz. Ct. App. Sept. 1, 2020). Categories: motion for mistrial, trial court’s observations, curative instruction, admonition, juror letter, jury polling, Ariz. R. Crim. P. 24.1(d) and failure to request a remedy. Make sure you read this case carefully, study the lesson handout, review the issue …

State v. Fortune, No. 1 CA-CR 19-0635, 2020 WL 5200959 (Ariz. Ct. App. Sept. 1, 2020). Read More »

* State v. Cruz-Webster, No. 1501005498, 2020 WL 5117967 (Del. Super. Ct. Aug. 31, 2020).

State v. Cruz-Webster, No. 1501005498, 2020 WL 5117967 (Del. Super. Ct. Aug. 31, 2020). Categories: ineffective assistance of counsel, standard of reasonableness, presumption that counsel’s representation was reasonable, professional judgment, deficient performance, juror inattentiveness, sleeping juror, late juror, attorney affidavit, no prejudice, reasonable probability of prejudice, and totality of the evidence. Make sure you read …

* State v. Cruz-Webster, No. 1501005498, 2020 WL 5117967 (Del. Super. Ct. Aug. 31, 2020). Read More »

* Warfield v. State, No. 998, SEPT. TERM,2019, 2020 WL 5117951 (Md. Ct. Spec. App. Aug. 31, 2020).

Warfield v. State, No. 998, SEPT. TERM,2019, 2020 WL 5117951 (Md. Ct. Spec. App. Aug. 31, 2020). Categories: motion for mistrial, juror opinion, juror note, juror questioning, juror testimony, juror statements, juror comments, premature deliberations, dismissed juror, and intra-jury communications. Make sure you read this case carefully, study the lesson handout, review the issue and …

* Warfield v. State, No. 998, SEPT. TERM,2019, 2020 WL 5117951 (Md. Ct. Spec. App. Aug. 31, 2020). Read More »

* State v. Rosa, No. CAAP-18-0000592, 2020 WL 5104905 (Haw. Ct. App. Aug. 31, 2020).

State v. Rosa, No. CAAP-18-0000592, 2020 WL 5104905 (Haw. Ct. App. Aug. 31, 2020). Categories: motion for new trial, voir dire, juror bias, clearly erroneous standard, de novo standard, abuse of discretion definition, HRS § 635-56, HRPP 33, impartial jury, rebuttable presumption of prejudice, totality of the circumstances, jury polling, duty to investigate, juror questioning, …

* State v. Rosa, No. CAAP-18-0000592, 2020 WL 5104905 (Haw. Ct. App. Aug. 31, 2020). Read More »