According to the news report below, the government retained a jury consultant (Richard Gabriel) to assist them in the Kwame Kilpatrick corruption trial. This is not the first time that prosecutors have retained a consultant to help in the prosecution of a high-profile mayor. A jury consultant was used during the corruption trial of the former mayor of Baltimore, Sheila Dixon. The use of jury consultants by the prosecution raises an interesting question about whether judges should be more willing to approve funds for indigent defendants to hire their own jury consultants, especially since most of the information uncovered by a trial consultant is not subject to the Rules of Discovery. I previously blogged about providing trial consultants for indigent clients here.
YAHOO! News: Prosecution in Kilpatrick Case Hires Jury Consultant