Many attorneys believe the foreperson is the most influential member of the jury. A recent study confirmed that, according to other jurors, the foreperson has considerable influence on verdict. However, another juror also exerted influence on the jury’s decision. This juror was the opinion leader. While forepersons and opinion leaders share some characteristics in common, they are by no means similar types of people. The opinion leader may, in fact, be more influential than the foreperson.
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