Faculty Notes Alafair S. Burke, Professor of Law and Hofstra Research Fellow

Published on October 25, 2015 | by LawNews

Prof. Alafair Burke Quoted in New York Times DealBook Story About Trial Strategy in Dewey Prosecution

Mistrial Is Declared in Dewey & LeBoeuf Case
By Matthew Goldstein
DealBook, The New York Times
Oct. 19, 2015

Excerpt:

The long deliberations and mistrial will raise questions about whether the case was too complex.

Alafair S. Burke, a criminal law professor at Hofstra University School of Law and a crime novelist, said that it was all too easy to second-guess how a case is argued, but noted that a major challenge with a trial that involves “a flood” of business documents “is to translate financial information into a narrative that jurors can understand.”

A jury must come away feeling “at a gut level that a crime was committed, not just a shady business practice,” she said.

Read the full article.

Professor Burke’s comments in the DealBook story were also reported in the ABA Journal story “Jurors and others unconvinced Dewey & LeBoeuf management was a crime” on Oct. 21, 2015.

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