Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Oct 2012 13:47 UTC
Legal "Samsung has now filed an unredacted version of its motion for judgment as a matter of law, a new trial, and/or remittitur. That's the one that was originally filed with a redacted section we figured out was about the foreman, Velvin Hogan. The judge ordered it filed unsealed, and so now we get to read all about it. It's pretty shocking to see the full story. I understand now why Samsung tried to seal it. They call Mr. Hogan untruthful in voir dire (and I gather in media interviews too), accuse him of 'implied bias' and of tainting the process by introducing extraneous 'evidence' of his own during jury deliberations, all of which calls, Samsung writes, for an evidentiary hearing and a new trial with an unbiased jury as the cure." It's a treasure trove of courtroom drama, this. Like this one: Hogan got sued by his former employer Seagate in 1993, causing him to go bankrupt. The lawyer in said case is now married to one of the partners of the law firm representing Samsung in this case. Samsung seems to implicitly - and sometimes explicitly - argue that Hogan had a score to settle in this case, because - get this - Samsung has been Seagate's largest shareholder since last year. Hogan failed to disclose the Seagate lawsuit during voire dire, which is a pretty serious matter. No matter whose side you're on, this is John Grisham-worthy.
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Maybe God isn't biased
by jefro on Wed 3rd Oct 2012 16:26 UTC
jefro
Member since:
2007-04-13

Everyone else is.

There is not and never has been an impartial juror. They ought to quit the entire deal of requesting 70 people to fill 12 slots. Just take the first 12 in and let it rip.

Stupid questions. They asked me if I had bumper stickers, ever protested anything.

Edited 2012-10-03 16:27 UTC

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RE: Maybe God isn't biased
by darknexus on Wed 3rd Oct 2012 17:18 in reply to "Maybe God isn't biased"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

I don't particularly see what a god has to do with it, but other than that I almost agree. Personally, I don't see the point of jury trials. Not only is there no such thing as an impartial person, but they also actively weed out any people that have any knowledge whatsoever of the field in question. How, exactly, are you going to get a proper judgement when they do that? In order to judge something correctly, one must at least have some basic grounding in what they are judging. Still, that's never stopped us before has it? The whole system is one giant cock-up. And no, I'm not saying this because I think Samsung should have won. Personally, I think they should have both been tossed out on their asses and possibly even jailed for wasting the court's time with this ridiculous crap.

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RE: Maybe God isn't biased
by zima on Tue 9th Oct 2012 00:02 in reply to "Maybe God isn't biased"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Hm, the most popular deity, in his own book of Abrahamic mythology, regularly displays some ridiculously childish, biased (and so on) behaviour...

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