ThemeVision Trial Consultant, Dr. Stolle, Profiled in Indiana Lawyer Daily Regarding Jury Research

Jul 27, 2007
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On July 27, 2005, the Indiana Lawyer Daily published "Study: Forepersons, Vocal Jurors Strongly Influence Verdicts," which profiled research conducted by Dr. Stolle in collaboration with Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis on the quality of the deliberation process in Indiana criminal juries. The article highlighted the researchers’ findings that jury forepersons’ initial leanings were highly correlated with final verdicts as were the preferences of juror "faction leaders" who argued for acquittal. The article noted that, although the study results show room for improvement in the jury deliberation process, the Indiana criminal juries also performed very well on some measures. The article quoted Dr. Stolle, stating: "Judges are increasingly recognizing how human behavior affects the outcome of a case, and rules and procedures put into place in recent years have improved the jury deliberation process."