Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Hoeveler assigns homework
So what to do when a law clerk hears a sitting juror bitching on the phone about her service, the other jurors, and saying that she had already made up her mind to convict the defendant? Judge Hoeveler kicked the juror off and then gave her an interesting homework assignment: he told her to read an eight-page printout of an article from the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy by Manhattan lawyer Gerald Walpin. Title is "America's Adversarial and Jury Systems: More Likely to Do Justice.'' Hoeveler told the juror to give him a written summary -- within 15 days. "I want you to read that thoroughly. . . . Then write me a letter telling me what you think of it and what you think of the jury system.'' Juror is Kimberly Branam-Callahan Cipolato, who was represented by Joel Kaplan. She's a legal secretary at Duarte & Ariz in Coral Gables. Hoeveler's law clerk is Mandana Dashtaki, 26 year old Harvard grad. Read the whole article by Joan Fleischman here.