Most of the time when celebrities are on trial they try and connect with the jury by conveying the sense that they, the celebrity, are a lot like regular ordinary folks. In criminal cases, well-known defendants want their star power to shine but not so brightly that it looks as if they are purposefully using their star status to curry favor with jurors and receive preferential treatment. Sometimes the right

Alan Tuerkheimer ‘Making a Murderer’ is the popular web television series exploring the story of Steven Avery who served 18 years in prison for sexual assault before being exonerated in 2003. Shortly after his release, he was arrested in connection with the murder of a local photographer and convicted in 2007, despite proclaiming his innocence. Given the attention this series generated I thought it would be interesting to talk to

Defendants are often advised not to take the stand because they can be cross-examined by a professional whose job it is to make them look guilty. Under the Fifth Amendment, the defendant has an absolute right not to testify at trial, just as he or she has a right to give evidence on his or her own behalf if they choose to. But from a jury psychology standpoint, jurors typically