I finally caught part of an episode of the new series the Bull last night. I found it to be interesting but very over the top. In last night’s episode they had a shadow jury that was recruited that matched exact demographics and attitudes of the real jurors. Highly unlikely to get as close as they did in the show. They had the shadow jury wear biometric bracelets and had quite a large staff doing research.
I also found it interesting that the main character, the “Bull” had basically carte blanche to do whatever research he wanted in the case with little to no involvement of the trial team. In 20 years of doing this, I have never had such freedom to do all the research I wanted.
In the real world, there are few cases today that would have the budgets for such elaborate consulting. Earlier this year I was retained for jury selection and trial monitoring on the Terry Bollea v. Gawker trial. Our resources and budget was nothing like what was portrayed on the show. While the show is interesting and has some real representations of what goes on behind the scenes it is very over the top and unrealistic as to what resources go into jury selection and trial monitoring.