SauteePan-I know that jury trials do make a difference. This is especially true when the jury has a sympatric figure and can view the defendant that way.
For example, my friend who is a legal aid attorney for people struggling with their rent payments in New York City or may be unlawfully evicted use the service.
They receive free legal advice and often the cases go to trial. This one involved an elderly women who was living alone with her cats was facing an unlawful eviction because the owner wanted to rent out the unit to someone else for more money.
This unit was rent controlled and the elderly woman lived in the apartment for over forty years. Needless to say this was an excellent case to bring to trial because they jury fell in love with the elderly woman and felt sorry for her.
It is easy to see how she won her case and the attorney for the owner of the building should have never let this case go to trial.