Good Law | Bad Law #78 – Is The Bill Cosby Verdict The Start Of A New Trend? W/ Melissa Gomez
Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast series Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Melissa Gomez, President of MMG Jury Consulting LLC., to talk about how Juries have changed over the past few years.
Melissa Gomez is a jury consultant with a PHD in psychology and a Master of Science in education from the University of Pennsylvania. In her career as a jury consultant she has worked on over 600 jury trials across the United States and has written two books; Jury Trials Outside-in: Leveraging Psychology from Discovery to Decision, and The Witness preparation Partner: A Guide to Becoming the Ready Messenger.
We brought Melissa in today to talk about the second Bill Cosby trial which resulted in a conviction, to see if she thinks the changes in the political climate and the #MeToo movement had any impact on the jury’s decision. She explains that since 2017 she has seen a sharp increase in distrust among juries towards those who come from a position of power. And, this distrust isn’t just with people like Bill Cosby, it extends to corporations, celebrities, and politicians. She has also noted that jurors are less willing to compromise resulting in more hung juries. Another interesting find Melissa has noted is juries have an increased desire to send a message to those coming from a position of power.
Finally, Aaron asks Melissa to give some insight on what all of this means for jury trials as a whole in our country moving forward; if she believes jurors will go back to the way things used to be or if they will continue to polarize and send messages to those in power.
Join Aaron Freiwald and Melissa Gomez as they discuss the differences between the two Cosby trials and the state of jury trials in America today.
Host: Aaron Freiwald
Guest: Melissa Gomez