If your questions are too vague, the jury won't know how to answer.

Your jurors might not have a clue!

If you want to improve your jury selection skills, consider following the example set by the best doctors in your town. Years ago, when I was looking for a new doctor, my Dad gave me some great advice: “Whatever you do, don’t take health advice from a fat doctor, or from a doctor who smokes.”…

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Which Jurors are Lying to You?

How honest are your potential jurors?  I don’t know about you, but in the past, I’ve seen more than my fair share jurors who lie.  And the sad part is, there doesn’t seem to be any guaranteed way to catch them.  In a two week span, I selected juries for five different cases.  And in…

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Are you giving your jurors enough time to think?

You know that jury selection can be the most important part of your trial, because it’s your only chance to uncover the views, attitudes, or life experiences that potential jurors will bring into the deliberation room.  If you don’t uncover their negative views and beliefs during jury selection, you’ll be stuck with a juror who…

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Why You Can’t Poison a Jury Panel

When I speak to law school students about how to successfully try cases, they usually have lots of questions.  One of the most common questions I’m asked is, “What should you do when a juror gives you a bad answer?” Usually, I’ll pause for a moment before replying, because the question perplexes me.  Typically, my…

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Don’t Let Jurors Lie to You During Jury Selection

How honest are your potential jurors?  I don’t know about you, but lately, I’ve seen a rash of lying jurors.  And the sad part is, there doesn’t seem to be any guaranteed way to catch them.  In a recent two week span, I selected juries for five different cases.  And in almost every single case,…

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