In “Our Daily Bread”, David Roper wrote about a college friend who had suffered a terrible loss. His son had died. As a result of that tragedy and pain, his wife said that she couldn’t deal with it anymore, and left him.
One day, Roper and his friend were walking down the street. They found themselves behind a lady in dirty tattered clothing, who was walking hand in hand with her little boy.
She was angry at the boy for moving too slowly. She kept pulling him and telling him to move faster; but his little legs could not keep up. All parties reached a busy intersection. The child stopped abruptly, causing his hand to slip out of his mother’s grasp. She turned around and began cursing at him and told him that he’d better keep up. She then continued trudging on.
The little boy sat down on the curb and began to cry. Without hesitation, Roper’s friend immediately sat down next to him and gathered him in his arms. The mother noticed that the boy was not beside her and turned around with a nasty look on her face. As the man held the boy, he looked up and said, “Lady, if you don’t want him; I’ll take him”.
Life’s experiences shape us. When I heard that former Vice President, Dick Cheney, received a heart transplant on Saturday, I didn’t think about his politics or his fame. Because of my kidney transplant, I could only hope and pray that he was doing well. I immediately personalized it.
This past week, our Firm had 4 cases in trial that all went to verdict. We were pleased with the overall results. On Monday mornings, we always have our Firm attorney meeting, and we review what happened in our practice, the previous week. That includes discussing our verdicts.
Invariably, we attempt to determine what motivated the jurors. Long ago, I heard a successful defense attorney say that he always just tried to get the jury focused on the medical bills, and away from anything that involved emotion or pain.
During jury selection, prospective jurors who have made prior claims for injury are usually quickly struck by the defense. Those that have experienced pain and loss, will always carry those life experiences with them. Exactly what a defense lawyer does not want. In an injury case, it is those jurors who take the time to understand the difficulties caused by a crash.
Jury consultants are usually concerned about young jurors, especially males, sitting on juries. Life experiences have probably not yet impacted their values. Sometimes, youth looks at injury and thinks that it could never happen to them. The feeling of invincibility is not the relative of understanding.
After writing a blog like this, I feel a certain emotional heaviness. For pic o’ day, I needed one to make me smile. I couldn’t remember if I previously posted either of these, but these pups make me smile!