Which Jurors are Lying to You?

Posted by Elliott Wilcox

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 almost every single case, at least one juror lied to me, my opponent, or the court. In criminal cases, one of the issues we almost always inquire about is whether any of the jurors have ever been...

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Are you giving your jurors enough time to think?

Posted by Elliott Wilcox

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 is biased or prejudiced against your client, and your client won’t get a fair trial. How will you uncover those biases and prejudices?  With the only ...

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Why You Can’t Poison a Jury Panel

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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 response is something along the lines of, “I don’t know what you mean — there’s no such thing as a ‘bad answer’ during jury...

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Don’t Let Jurors Lie to You During Jury Selection

Posted by Elliott Wilcox

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, at least one juror lied to me, my opponent, or the court. In criminal cases, one of the issues I almost always inquire about is whether any of the jurors have ever been charged with a...

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Jury Selection: What Should You Talk About?

Posted by Elliott Wilcox

Here’s a quick video with tips for improving your jury selection skills.  In this video, you’ll learn how to decide which questions to ask during voir dire, so that you cover the most important issues and can conduct your jury selection in the most effective manner...

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