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Should an ESL Witness Testify Through an Interpreter?

When presented with a witness who speaks English as a Second Language (ESL), it is difficult to predict how they will be perceived by a jury.  In a previous post, we examined the challenges of identifying juror bias against foreign witnesses, but that raises a separate, yet related issue as to whether that witness is […]

Are Jurors Biased Against Foreign Witnesses?

To say that America has a complicated relationship with “foreignness” would no doubt be an understatement.  After all, the vast majority of us have relatives or ancestors who immigrated to the United States at some point in time (I, myself, am a first-generation citizen).  Yet, there remains a great deal of political controversy and social tension between Americans and the foreign born (or […]

How do I Avoid Poisoning the Jury Pool?

Vulnerabilities. Landmines. Weasels. Bad facts. Stuff that can make the case go very, very bad. Every case has them – facets of the case that don’t look good for your client. If everything in the evidence were lined up in your client’s favor, would you be going to trial? Because every case has issues that […]