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  by Laurie R. Kuslansky, Ph.D. Managing Director, Jury & Trial Consulting A2L Consulting It must be so hard to defend someone as unpopular as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and plead for his life, while he does everything to make it harder.  How does one lessen his involvement when he carried out so many explicit and intentional acts and has been so consistent: remorseless. He shed no tears for the 3 civilians and 1 M.I.T. police officer killed, the 264 people injured, or the countless others traumatized.  Instead, he went and got a sandwich.  When his brother was killed, did he turn himself in and say, “I didn’t want to do it; I’m so sorry; my brother made me.”? No.

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  by Ken Lopez Founder/CEO A2L Consulting We East Coasters have a love-hate relationship with snow, and the snow moving into the Northeast today may be one for the record books - particularly around Boston. It will dominate the news for days - and it probably should. An incredibly large number of people will be impacted by this particular storm. Under or next to that red line on the map where the storm is forecast to hit, you'll find roughly 20% of the U.S. population living on roughly 3% of the country's land, half of the hedge funds, one third of the headquarters of Fortune 500 firms and — in the states under the red line, about 35% of the country's and, hard as it may be to believe, about 25% of the world's lawyers! A blizzard disrupts our lives. It can feel tedious, it creates confusion, and it generates a lot of hard work — sort of like a trial. Not all trials are blizzard-like, but some surely are. Here are 21 ways some trials are like a blizzard and how to avoid white-out conditions in your courtroom.

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Boston, a Bomb of a Trial

  by Laurie R. Kuslansky, Ph.D. Managing Director, Jury & Trial Consulting A2L Consulting Want a change of venue? Think again. Judge O’Toole and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit turned down the defense’s attempts to change the venue. Even though Boston is where the horrifying Boston Marathon Bombing happened, that is where the jury pool will come from to judge the surviving Tsarnaev brother, Dzhokhar. Will there be enough jurors? Here, 1200 prospective jurors will complete a jury questionnaire of 100 questions to seat a jury of 12 jurors plus 6 alternates who, if left, deliberate as full jurors in federal court.

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