Who's Who 2:

The Victims and Jurors of eCourtDate Demo Notifications

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Welcome to the second installment of the Who’s Who Blog. Last month we went through the list of notorious criminals whose names eCourtDate uses when we send demo notifications.In this Part 2, we will introduce you to the less notorious folks whose names become the demo recipients of our Victim and Juror notifications.

The notification messages that are addressed to the notorious criminals from last month’s blog are triggered when you sign up for demo notifications for Defendant Reminders, or Payment Reminders. The October Who’s Who Blog was full of scary criminals that made a perfect Halloween Blog.

Victim Notifications and the Notable Victims We Honor

In November, we put away our yen for the spooky and macabre and put our focus onto that for which we are Thankful.

When you sign up for the demo from our Victim Notification page, you will receive the demo victim notifications as a notable crime victim, who we honor here in this way. The families of these tragic victims made sure that their sacrifices were not in vain by working hard to lobby for victim’s rights. Now their names are known, and are making a difference for current Crime Victims, who are assured certain rights in their names.

NILA LYNN, this is a victim notification.

There is a hearing related to Case #A13568 on December 8, 2021 at 2PM.EST. You are not required to appear unless subpoenaed.
Please visit the link below for additional information and a list of available victim resources.

DEMO MESSAGE.

Reply STOP to opt-out. Learn more.

Below, we will tell you a little bit about these victims and their causes. Many not only have Laws and Mandates that have been created in their names, but foundations that help victims to get back on their feet.

Famous Fictional Jurors and the Actors Who Played Them

As Juror anonymity is often very important, especially in high profile cases, there isn’t much available when one searches for famous or notorious jurors. Jury duty really shouldn’t be a thing that makes you famous. But that did not stop our creative team- they just had to get a little extra creative.

12 Angry Men, (1957) is, at the time of this writing, #5 on IMDb’s Top Rated Movies. Out of literally every movie ever made and rated on IMDb, it is number 5. It was nominated for three Oscars and four Golden Globes, and won many awards for writing, directing, and acting. In the film, the jurors are, for the most part, unnamed- they go by their juror numbers. The actors who played them, however, have famous names and faces. Theirs are the names we use in the demo messages when you select to receive demo notifications from our Juror Notifications page.

Not Who, but Where

Our founder here at eCourtDate, Ibrahim “Abe" Assaim, is a bit of a history buff. He wanted the names for the demos to be historically significant- not fictional, or flash-in-the-pan pop-culture references. (The jurors got a pass.)

So, when you enter your phone number or email address in any of the demo forms on our website a lot of cool behind the scenes stuff happens. An event is created for you regarding a fictional court case. That event is then connected to a time and date, and a defendant, juror, or victim - the names we have been alluding to - depending on which form you filled out. That event is also connected to a place. When we send the messages via text or email, they include a link to a case portal based on this event, complete with a map to this location.

For a long time, that place was our office space in Washington D.C., which was kind of clever and cool. But then one of our creative creatives (it was me) decided that it really should be a courthouse. A special courthouse. So now it is. Below, you can also read about the Where’s What, as well as the Who’s Who of our eCourtDate Demos.

The Victims We Honor

There are several US crime victims that have Laws names for them (you can find them all here. For our eCourtDate Demos, we have chosen crime victims whose names are on laws that specifically deal with Victims' Rights, or some sort of notification mandate.

Scott Campbell, Luarna Gillis, Nila Lynn, Wendy Preston, and Stephanie Roper
These five individuals are all murder victims, for whom the Crime Victim’s Rights Act of 2004 was named. Each was killed between 1979 and 2000. All but one, Nila Lynn, were in their 20s at the time of their deaths. Nila was 69.
The Crime Victims’ Rights Act grants federal crime victims eight specific rights. One of these is “The right to reasonable, accurate, and timely notice of any public court proceeding, or any parole proceeding, involving the crime or of any release or escape of the accused." which is our favorite- because victim notifications is one of our specialties.
Marsy Nicholas
Marsy was murdered by an ex-boyfriend at age 21 in 1983. Her killer was released on bail just days after her murder, and it took two years to bring him to justice.
Marsy’s Law, while somewhat controversial, has passed in 13 states and “ensures that victims of crime have equal, constitutional rights on the same level as those accused and convicted of crimes", and extends many of these rights to surviving family members of victims as well.
Megan Kanka
Megan was abducted, and then raped and murdered at the tender age of seven in 1994. Her killer was a new neighbor, who was a registered sex offender.
Some form of Megan’s Law currently exists in every state. It serves to provide and give access to information about the whereabouts of registered sex offenders to members of their communities.
Amber Hagerman
Amber was another young murder victim, abducted and killed in January 1996 at age 9.
Amber is the name sake of the AMBER Alert. Amber here is an acronym for “America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response."

12 Not-Actually-Angry Actors

The actors who played the 12 jurors in 12 Angry Men, the film, went on to have varied levels of success, but no doubt you will recognize many of these names, and faces. The jurors they played, except for two in the closing scene, are never named in the film and are only referred to by their juror number. Spoiler Alert: They end up voting not guilty, but it takes the duration of the movie to get there. Below, see a description of the character and when they changed their vote. The links for each actor’s name will take you to their iMDb page



Oscar winner (Best Supporting Actor, 1966), Martin Balsam played Juror #1
Juror #1 was the foreman. The character was calm and methodical. He worked at a high school as an assistant football coach.
Juror #1 was the 9th juror to vote Not Guilty.
John Fiedler played Juror #2
Juror #2 worked in a bank. He is more timid-seeming and is initially overshadowed by the other jurors.
The 5th juror to vote Not Guilty.
Two time Oscar nominee (Best Actor, 1958 & 1954) Lee J. Cobb played Juror #3
Juror #3 is certainly at the center of the film (along with Juror#8) . He is the primary juror pushing for the guilty verdict. He is portrayed as a real hothead, but it turns out that his biases are related to some personal issues he is struggling with involving his own son. He is the owner of a courier business.
In an emotional scene, he was the 12th and final juror to change his vote to Not Guilty.
E.G. Marshall played Juror #4
Juror #4 is a stock broker. He is portrayed as someone analytical, who is concerned with the facts of the case.
The 11th juror to vote Not Guilty.
Jack Klugman played Juror #5
Juror #5 grew up in a violent slum, and is defensive about his background.
Was the 3rd juror to vote Not Guilty.
Edward Binns played Juror #6
Juror #6 is a no-nonsense and principled house painter. He consistently confronts the other jurors when they are being disrespectful.
Was the 6th juror to vote Not Guilty.
Two time Oscar nominee (Best Supporting Actor, 1975 & 1978), Jack Warden played Juror #7
Juror #7 is salesman and baseball fanatic who treats the case mostly as a joke and doesn’t take very much at all seriously.
Was the 7th juror to vote Not Guilty.
Three time Oscar Nominee, 1 time winner (On Golden Pond, 1981), and Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Henry Fonda played Juror #8
He was also Producer, along with Co-Producer and Writer Reginald Rose. Together, they were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar for this very film.
Juror #8 is one of only two named jurors in the film. Davis is an architect who, throughout the film, passionately seeks justice and questions the evidence presented in the case.
Was the 1st juror to vote Not Guilty, and led the charge of influencing the other men to change their votes to Not Guilty based on reasonable doubt.

"It's always difficult to keep personal prejudice out of a thing like this. And wherever you run into it, prejudice always obscures the truth. I don't really know what the truth is. I don't suppose anybody will ever really know. Nine of us now seem to feel that the defendant is innocent, but we're just gambling on probabilities - we may be wrong. We may be trying to let a guilty man go free, I don't know. Nobody really can. But we have a reasonable doubt, and that's something that's very valuable in our system. No jury can declare a man guilty unless it's sure."
-- Juror#8

Joseph Sweeney played Juror #9
Juror #9 is the other named Juror: McCardle. He is a wise and intelligent senior who is observant and somewhat skeptical of the witnesses in the case. He shows great intuition and insight into people’s biases and possible motivations.
Was the 2nd juror to vote Not Guilty.
Oscar winner (Best Supporting Actor, 1962), Ed Begley played Juror #10
Juror #10 was a pushy, loud-mouthed, and xenophobic garage owner. If the film has a villian, it is probably THIS guy, and not the guy being tried for murder.
Was the 10th juror to vote Not Guilty.
George Voskovec played Juror #11
Juror #11 is a European watchmaker and naturalized American citizen who demonstrates strong respect for democratic values such as due process.
Was the 4th juror to vote Not Guilty.

"Pardon. This fighting. This is not why we are here, to fight. We have a responsibility. This, I have always thought, is a remarkable thing about democracy. That we are, uh, what is the word? Notified. That we are notified by mail to come down to this place and decide on the guilt or innocence of a man we have never heard of before. We have nothing to gain or lose by the verdict. This is one of the reasons we are strong."
-- Juror #11

Robert Webber played Juror #12
Juror #12 was an advertising executive who was indecisive and often distracted.
Was the 8th juror to vote Not Guilty.

Not Who, but Where.

As I mentioned in our Intro above, our founder Ibrahim “Abe" Aissam is a bit of a history buff. As we were thinking about where these fake court events were going to take place, I got to thinking about historically significant courthouses. I was also wondering if we could somehow tie one of them to our illustrious and beloved leader somehow. (He is also super humble and will probably make me take that first part out, but I'm going to try to sneak it in anyway. Shhh.)

Wouldn’t it be super if there was a famous historic “Abe" who practiced law in a cool historic courthouse? You see where I am going with this, don’t you?

Abraham Lincoln began practicing law in 1836. There are several courthouse locations that are often associated with Abraham Lincoln’s law career: Mt. Pulaski Courthouse, Postville Courthouse, Beardstown Courthouse, and Metamora Courthouse.

All of those Courthouses have fascinating ties to Abe Lincoln and American Legal History, but Metamora captured my heart. Only it and Mt. Pulaski stand on their original foundations today, and both are registered Historic Landmarks. The Metamora building, built in 1845 is one of many courthouses on the 8th Circuit that Lincoln toured and tried cases in from 1845 to 1858 prior to his 1860 presidential nomination. While records of all of those cases did not survive, there is record of over 70 cases that Lincoln tried here, including 2 murders and 2 fugitives from slavery.

5W-H, but Mostly Just Who and Where.

Of the 5 W-H: Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How, we really just focused on the Who and Where in this blog. If you are interested in learning more about What eCourtDate is and does, or Why we do it, I hope you will check out our website. Spoiler Alert: we do it for YOU- for the courts and criminal justice agencies where you work. We do it for the defendants, probationers, judges, attorneys, clerks, victims, and jurors we serve. We do it for Justice - for what it should be: Effective, Efficient, Accessible, and Simplified. Thanks for reading.