How To Gain An Edge With Jury Instructions

Law360, Los Angeles (August 12, 2015, 4:35 PM EDT) -- Long-winded, hypertechnical instructions can make jurors' eyes glaze over in a hurry, attorneys say, but fine-tuning the jury charge with more straightforward language and explaining the nuances of the instructions can help retain attention.

"Jury instructions are a nuanced undertaking in that a word here or there can make a big difference," said Steve Cooper, a partner in Reed Smith LLP's commercial litigation group. "Fairly crafting instructions to support your side under existing case law can be very beneficial to your case. If you have favorable case law, craft instructions true to the language of the case that are beneficial to...

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