Category Archives: Voir dire and jury selection

Ethnic bias in voir dire: More evidence of a widespread problem

A recent L.A. Times story picked up a preliminary report from U.C. Berkeley on who gets excluded from juries during voir dire in California. Here’s a quick summary: The report examined, among other things, nearly 700 cases decided by the … Continue reading

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Juries and social distancing

There are a string of recent essays and articles on how courthouses and trying to cope with social distancing rules when it comes to seating juries. A recent New York Times article provides the most comprehensive analysis. Meanwhile, ABA Journal … Continue reading

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When Presidents attack…

In The Jury and Democracy, we noted that although juries had high approval ratings in general, conservative political attacks on the civil jury had done damage to the reputation of such bodies. Now a sitting U.S. President has attacked the … Continue reading

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Suing to protect jurors’ right to serve

This lawsuit is a great example of advocacy for the rights of citizens to be considered for jury service. In an article for The Appeal, Kira Lerner explained: Mississippi District Attorney Doug Evans was hit with a proposed class action … Continue reading

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In the age of Trump, a sign that jurors can still set politics aside

Many people probably wondered whether the jurors in the Manafort trial would be able to set aside any question of how a verdict might affect Special Prosectuor Robert Mueller’s investigation. There was relatively little discussion of this, but all it … Continue reading

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The national spotlight and Trump’s tweeting complicate any Mueller investigation jury trials

In the wake of the recent news that Michael Flynn has plead guilty to lying to the FBI, the news cycle has again become consumed by the Mueller investigation. The investigation’s first trial, into Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort … Continue reading

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Listen to jurors excuse themselves during voir dire in the Martin Shkreli case

The voir dire stage of the trial can help the court find a jury willing to hear a case without prejudice. Much discussion of this phase focuses on how and attorneys remove jurors to craft what each side thinks is … Continue reading

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Jurors Protest Against Judge by Refusing to Serve in His Courtroom

If one ever doubted that jurors speak with a voice that is not only legal but political, consider those jurors who refused to be seated in the courtroom of Judge Aaron Persky in Santa Clara County, California. Judge Pensky gave … Continue reading

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The problem of skewed jury demographics

Written by Ethan Paul, undergraduate student at the Pennsylvania State University NYPD Officer Peter Liang is facing trial after being accused of recklessly shooting Akai¬†Gurley in a dimly-lit stairwell in East New York on November 20th, 2015. Gurley, a 28-year … Continue reading

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What happens if a juror is (later) caught lying during jury selection?

This question has come before the U.S. Supreme Court. Previous rulings have made clear that one can’t (generally) use post-trial claims about what happened during deliberation to overturn verdicts, lest it chill the deliberations themselves. After all, the point of … Continue reading

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