Remote Jury Trials During and After the Pandemic: Constitutional and Practical Concerns - Part 1

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Runtime: 92 minutes
Recorded Date: May 06, 2021
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  • State & Federal Courts and the Pandemic
  • Case Study: Minnesota Prosecutions
  • States of Jury Trials
  • Constitutional Challenges
Runtime: 1 hour, 32 minutes
Recorded: May 6, 2021


Pandemic or not, criminal jury trial will commence and proceed to verdict, at least on a "remote" or virtual basis. Those trials will present issues related to, among other things, the Sixth Amendment rights of defendants to "public" trials and cross-examination of witnesses, the scope and extent of public access to trials, the First Amendment right of access, and the selection of jurors.

This two-part program will address these and other issues – and consider how criminal jury trials might be conducted in the future – using the trials in Minnesota of four former police officers prosecuted for the detention and death of George Floyd.

This program was recorded on May 6th, 2021.

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Hon. Pamela S. Gates

Maricopa County Superior Court

Pamela Gates is a judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court in Arizona. Her current term ends on January 6, 2025.

Gates received an undergraduate degree from Drake University and a J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law.

Prior to her appointment to the court in 2009, Gates was a partner at Bryan Cave LLP and an attorney at O'Connor Cavanagh. She also interned with the United States attorney's office in 1994.

Hon. Denise K. Langford Morris

Oakland County Judiciary

?Judge Langford Morris is a graduate of Wayne State University, undergraduate and graduate school, and the University of Detroit Law School. She has served on the Circuit Court since 1992.

Previously, Judge Langford Morris was an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Civil Division, an Assistant Oakland County Prosecutor, and a trial attorney in private practice specializing in Insurance Defense and general practice in numerous areas of practice.

Hon. Xavier Rodriguez

U.S District Court, Western District of Texas

President George W. Bush appointed Judge Rodriguez to the bench as a United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas in 2003. He is a former Texas Supreme Court Justice and was also a partner in the international law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P.

Judge Rodriguez is a frequent speaker on continuing legal education seminars and has authored numerous articles regarding employment law, discovery, and arbitration issues. He serves as an adjunct professor of law at the St. Mary’s University School of Law. He was elected to membership in the American Law Institute and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Texas Bar Foundation. He was awarded the Rosewood Gavel Award for outstanding judicial service from the St. Mary’s University School of Law in 2011.

Hon. Ronald J. Hedges

Senior Counsel

Ronald is a member of Dentons' Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group. He has extensive experience in e-discovery and in the management of complex litigation and has served as a special master, arbitrator and mediator. He also consults on management and discovery of electronically stored information (“ESI”).

Ron Hedges was a United States Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey from 1986 to 2007. While a magistrate judge, he was the Compliance Judge for the Court Mediation Program, a member of the Lawyers Advisory Committee, and both a member of, and reporter for, the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee. From 2001 to 2005 he was a member of the Advisory Group of Magistrate Judges.

Ron was an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University School, where he taught mediation skills. He was an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and remains an adjunct professor at Rutgers School of Law—Newark. He taught courses on electronic discovery and evidence at both these schools. Ron was a Fellow at the Center for Information Technology of Princeton University for 2010-11 and 2011-12. He is also a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas.

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