Paying Jury Consultants $300,000 Won’t Necessarily Keep You Out of Jail

Raj Rajaratnam, the Galleon Group co-founder accused of insider trading, arrives at federal court in New York, U.S. on Monday, March 14, 2011. Last week, under questioning by a prosecutor, former McKinsey & Co. director Anil Kumar told jurors that he was pressured by Rajaratnam to leak stock tips. This week, defense lawyers will try in cross-examination to depict Kumar as a "monstrous" liar. Photographer: Louis Lanzano/Bloomberg via Getty Images Photo: Bloomberg/2011 Bloomberg

The unanimous conviction of Galleon hedge fund founder Raj Rajaratnam on all fourteen counts of insider trading could have had more to do with the evidence than the jury selection. But some lawyers are still wondering why Empirical Creative, a jury consultancy from Ronkonkoma, chose to stack the deck with teachers and government and health-care workers over jurors with high-paying jobs and advanced degrees that might be more sympathetic to the unrelenting drive to join the "billionaire circle." [WSJ via Dealbreaker]