Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Why Did a Top Jury Consultant Quit the Casey Anthony Case at the 11th Hour?

by Dr. Lillian Glass

Until jury consultant Richard Gabriel quit as the consultant on the Casey Anthony case a few days before jury selection was to occur, I was concerned. The reason? He is one of the top jury consultants in the country. He has represented some of the most high-profile cases, and he has even written a book on the topic.

So, why would Gabriel bail ship at the last minute? It is a seemingly unprofessional thing for such a seasoned professional to do. Several possible reasons for pulling out are outlined here:

1.  Maybe he already got what he wanted--notoriety and name recognition. He got the best press possible in on the highest-rated "48 Hours" show where he performed a focus group of people who ended up acquitting Casey. Mind you, it was a focus group and not a mock jury trial, which many viewers were led to believe. As a result, his name is now known and maybe that was why he took it on to begin with.

2.  The feedback from this show and his involvement was extremely negative, so maybe he wanted to get out before he actually began work on the trial. Some publicly called him a "manipulator of justice," which may have had an impact.

3.  He may have discovered something about the case as he was doing his work that made him realize Casey was guilty and,  therefore, he may not have wanted to be involved with helping get a guilty person free.

4.  He may have developed a conscience as he worked on the trial and felt he couldn’t live with himself if he helped Casey.

5.  He may have received threats and negative emails and feedback and calls from passionate people who believe Casey is guilty. Defense attorneys Andrea Lyons and Jose Baez have each reported receiving threats and hate-mail for defending Casey. He may have been frightened away for fear that something might happen to him or to his family.

6.  If he did succeed in manipulating the jury pool in  Casey’s favor and Casey was found not guilty, the hateful repercussions toward him might have been enormous.

7.  Perhaps he found out the secret location where the jury would be pooled from and realized it would be a losing battle.

8.  If Casey isn't acquitted, he might not have wanted such a significant loss on his pristine record.

9.  He may have realized that he would never get paid, even if he were promised payment at the end.

10. He may not have had the three months to devote to this trial, working for free, if he received a paying job during those months.

11. Perhaps all the press he received from the "48 Hours" piece increased his business from attorneys to the point that he has become overwhelmed and now needs to focus on his new high-paying clients.

12. Maybe he had arrangment with Jose Baez all along to only conduct a focus group that would show Casey in a positive light for the pre-trial publicity so that both he and Baez could benefit. And maybe he never had any intention of actually engaging in the jury-selection process.

13. Maybe he didn't like working with Baez or attorney Cheney Mason and didn't want to continue working on the case with them.

14. Maybe Casey tried to manipulate him as she has done with every-other man with whom she has come in contact.

15. Perhaps he realized that picking a jury would be a losing task and he might not be successful in picking a jury, especially with the Sunshine Laws in effect in Florida that make it difficult.

16. He may have believed that the media has tainted the jury pool to such an extent that he could not choose a jury for Casey.

17. He may feel that that he has been stifled in how to properly vet potential  jurors who may have a bias, especially after Judge Belvin Perry would not allow Gabriel to use a questionnaire asking jurors how they feel about the case and what they've heard about it, which could take an hour per juror.

Whatever the reason Richard Gabriel is no longer on the team, I must say I am relieved. Initially, I was concerned there would be an unfair playing field with him at the jury-selection helm. Now there is a much better chance that there will be a fair trial.


Anonymous said...

A fair trial? I fear not. In fact I'd challenge anybody to find 12 people who hasn't already got a preconceived notion about the Anthony case.

In other words the reason behind mr. Gabriels retreat could very well be option 16...

kellilainelewis said...

i was talking to my father today & told him i was watching the jury selection for the trial.

he said... "who?". my school teacher father had not heard of this case. he never heard Caley or Casey Anthony.

not everyone follows this trial like we do.

Anonymous said...

Maybe he is married, and his wife told him if he helped that Skank Casey get away with murdering that innocent little girl, then his butt could start sleeping on the couch.

Anonymous said...

You'd be suprised how many people DO NOT know who or what the Casey Anthony trial is about.

California Girl said...

I suspect its about money - they probably could not pay him.

Anonymous said...

What would make you think that it would make any difference which top jury consultant the defense used. Amy Singer and her team did an awesome job for Casey and Mr. Gabriel was never out of the picture.

Carol said...

I have heard about this jury consultant in many books, newspapers and magazines and have read many articles of this person. I want to meet and would like to consult with him.
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