Published on August 13th, 2012 | by James Stanton0
D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation slammed by jury who awards more than damages
As we discuss in our book – The Jury Rules – juries hate insincerity. Based on a report in the Washington Post, a federal jury last week returned a $3.5 million verdict in a sexual harassment lawsuit. But, the jury didn’t stop there. In a move Chief United States District Judge Royce C. Lamberth said he had never seen before, the jury issued its own “addendum” of recommendations to the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation instructing it to institute training to prevent sexual harassment in the future and, when complaints arise, to better handle them.
Jurors interviewed for our book discuss how they were un-persuaded when it didn’t seem like lawyers cared about justice. Our chapter on Rule 5 – Be Sincere has several anecdotes from jurors on the importance demonstrating a sense of compassion and justice. Here is one that the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation might want to take to heart:
“Being an attorney isn’t a whole lot different than being a salesman, in that you’re basically selling your side of the story. And with doing that, you need to come off sincere. You need to come off caring.”