Losing the beard in court may help some men appear more innocent

A successful criminal defense strategy often includes a number of important factors. In addition to carefully examining the facts of the case, it is often helpful to determine which aspects of the defendant’s physical appearance are most likely to influence a jury, either positively or negatively. Especially when it comes to criminal charges like rape, assault […]

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Appearing nerdy can help criminal defendants – just don’t overdo it

About a year ago, we posted about an interesting courtroom tactic that some criminal defendants are engaging in. To make themselves appear smarter and less threatening to a jury, some defendants are wearing non-prescription glasses during the trial, even if they don’t wear lenses or contacts otherwise. Referred to as the “nerd defense,” studies have […]

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Wearing Glasses In Court Might Just Get You Acquitted

In criminal cases defendants have their fate decided by a jury of their peers. The jury is selected somewhat randomly to make sure that they are “fair and impartial.” Nonetheless, we all seem to have some positive and negative prejudices that unconsciously influence our decisions. One of those prejudices is appearance. More trial lawyers are […]

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