As a jury consultant in the region, I received a few calls from reporters asking for commentary about the trial and the fact that, after days upon days of seeing and hearing horrible things, the jurors seemed not to react as strongly to the evidence as they did when the trial began and graphic evidence was first introduced. One reporter wanted to know whether that meant the jurors weren’t being impacted by the evidence anymore and whether the graphic nature of the testimony was, in fact, beginning to backfire on the prosecution. My answer: “The evidence is likely still quite impactful, but it very well may become impactful in a way it was not intended to be.”

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