Monthly Archives: October 2018

Should Jurors Be Allowed to Ask Questions During a Criminal Trial?

The judge in one of my recent criminal trials allowed the jurors to ask questions. It was mostly fascinating, though there were a few scary moments too. On the one hand, it gave us valuable insight into what the jury … Continue reading

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Latest Developments in the SEC’s Cryptocurrency Enforcement

  By Daniel Portnov It’s been a busy 2018 for cryptocurrency enforcement by the SEC. Following statements by Chair Jay Clayton and Co-Director of Enforcement Stephanie Avakian announcing various cryptocurrency concerns, sweeps and initiatives,[1] several recent Commission enforcement actions have … Continue reading

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How to Pick a Fair Jury

I don’t care what jury consultants say, picking a jury is an art and not a science. For most trial lawyers, it’s based on gut feelings and sizing people up quickly and peeks at what a juror’s t-shirt says or … Continue reading

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A (Small) Victory in a Battle With OIG

By Dan Portnov As readers of Grand Jury Target know, we have a healthy respect for the various Offices of Inspector General (see here, here and here). OIG investigations can lead to serious consequences and, to add further anxiety, much … Continue reading

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