Lawyers, consultants: September 11 influencing jurors

January 07, 2002
Attorney John Shulman walked out of the courtroom stunned and almost speechless.
      For weeks, he had been sure that a Somali woman's allegations of brutality against Minneapolis police would prevail in trial; he had won favorable verdicts in two brutality cases that he considered less convincing, and he expected that this would be no different.
      But when a jury sent the woman home with $240 and absolved the officers, Shulman was shocked. What was the difference? In his mind, September 11 certainly didn't help.