Companies facing jury trials in the near future need to understand that jury attitudes have shifted since the Sept. 11 attacks, says a report by the American Bar Association.
Some legal experts say jurors are being more compassionate toward those who have suffered and are more willing to punish anyone, individual or business, that inflicts harm. As one Dallas-based lawyer put it, "Jurors are extremely mad at bad guys right now." That's why it's more important than ever that your company remain one of the "good guys."
All agree there's a renewed trust in police and firefighters, which will help police receive the benefit of the doubt when testifying in court.