MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Jurors serving in trials for murder and other violent crimes can often suffer from stress and depression after trials end, and some jurisdictions around the country have begun to offer services like counseling to help.
Post-traumatic stress disorder in the form of nightmares, obsessive thoughts, depression and social withdrawal is a real possibility for jurors post-trial, experts say.
Courts in parts of Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, New York and Texas offer post-trial counseling and debriefing services for jurors who have been on difficult cases.
Tennessee offers no such debriefing service, though it has more than its share of gruesome cases. Shelby County alone annually calls on thousands of citizens to sit on trials which typically include at least one or two murder trials a week.