Recent attention to the role of the Internet in jury selection by the New York City Bar Association (2012) underlined the importance of conducting Internet searches of prospective jurors during jury selection (i.e., not doing so may be akin to incompetence of counsel). At the same time, a total ban on communicating with jurors must be assured. Even inadvertent signs of an attorney’s visit left behind – electronic footprints – are forbidden as they have been deemed to constitute communication with the juror(s) being searched. The tension...Read Full Article >
It is easy to over-think jury selection, especially when one listens to the plethora of theories and techniques of people who think way too much about it, like, say, the writers of this blog.
To remedy this, here is a simple guide to how to pick your favorable jury by focusing on the most basic element: Exposing unfavorable jurors.
1. Primary Task: Expose Jurors Who Would Likely Favor the Opposing Side Despite the one-time opportunity that jury selection...Read Full Article >