In the Vanguard of the American Jury: A Case Study of Jury Innovations in the Northern District of Iowa
Schuler, Kirk W.
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Since taking the oath of office nearly fifteen years ago, United States District Court Judge Mark Bennett has made it a priority to champion the American jury. While jurors are typically less than thrilled to be summoned for service, Judge Bennett makes sure their "day in court" is memorable and rewarding. This article discusses how Judge Bennett does it: from creating the "evidence corridor" to debriefing the jury post-verdict. Some techniques are simple, some complex, but most all are innovations. Moreover, with at least 300 jury trials under his belt, Judge Bennett's techniques are battle tested and proven, and ripe for a discussion in this case study of the Modern American Jury in the Northern District of Iowa.