Friday, September 20, 2013

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2527: The Death of Jonathan Ferrell and a Tale of Two Attorneys (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Early in the morning on 14 September 2013, Jonathan Ferrell very unfortunately crashed his car into a tree in a rural area near Charlotte, North Carolina. He then managed to get to a nearby house where he sought help. The woman mistook the situation for a burglary, attempt at a home invasion or something similar - and she then called the police. He was unarmed. The police arrived and one of the officers, Randall Kerrick shot and killed Ferrell. Kerrick has been charged with voluntary manslaughter.

Note: The original video has, since the original post, been removed from its online source. The images below however, were captured from this video.

The purpose of this post is NOT to conclude whether the police officer had, from a legal or police procedural point-of-view, just cause for firing his weapon.

After watching the above video, the audience is invited to conclude which of the two attorneys' body language projects that he sincerely believes the cause/client for which his legal expertise has been sought. Only one of them is nonverbally projecting sincerity. The other is pretending to believe. Can you confidently tell which of these men sincerely believes? Are you sure?

Chris Chestnut
Family Attorney
Seen on video during 2:14 - 2:37

Michael Greene
Defense Attorney
Appears during 2:51 - 3:02 in video

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2438:  Sincere Surprise Body Language, Three Year Old Receives Brain Stem Implant and  Hears for the First Time

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2207:  Body Language, Sincerity and Mahmoud Abbas - United Nations grants Palestine "Nonmember Observer State"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2512:  Matthew Cordle's YouTube Confession  and the Death of Vincent Canzani  "I Killed a Man" - What His Body Language Tells Us ...  It's NOT what you think!

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1855:  Sincere Kisses & Closed Eyes

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2459:  Was Eliot Spitzer Sincere?  Apology, Sincerity and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2482:  Alex Rodriguez's Sincerity  Body Language of a One-Sided Smile

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1600:  Senator Marco Rubio -  Sincerity, Self-directed Incredulity & Humor, Blocking and Appeals for the Vice Presidency