Category Archives: Voir dire and jury selection

New York Times Weighs in On Voir Dire Discrimination

The New York Times just ran an editorial that concerns racial discrimination in jury selection: Marcus Robinson, who has been on death row in North Carolina since 1994, was the first person to challenge a death sentence under the state‚Äôs … Continue reading

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Dodging jury duty via a fantastic fabrication

Though we take our job seriously at this blog, we can’t help but post the occasional zinger. From Modesto, Calif., we offer this great true story of the prospective juror who got carried away during voir dire when asked why … Continue reading

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Why jury selection discrimination hurts more than the defendant

The Equal Justice Initiative has filed a lawsuit alleging that an Alabama prosecutor has abused the voir dire process to systematically exclude African-Americans from serving on death-penalty juries. The thrust of the complaint is the miscarriage of justice this causes: … Continue reading

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How can I get out of jury duty?

Ah, how the Internet brings out honesty. The Grand Rapids Press column “Law Talk” invites readers to ask legal questions and get helpful advice. A reader recently asked the brazen question, “How do I get out of jury duty?” Here, … Continue reading

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New data on juror utilization and satisfaction

A recent article in Third Branch has happy news about the jury system in the U.S. Last year, 59,405 American citizens served on federal petit juries, with a national average of 39 percent of jurors not selected, serving, or challenged … Continue reading

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Who’s to say whether a juror has bias? (part 2)

In the previous post, I ruminated on the fact that each juror gets scrutinized for bias, even after pledging their neutrality. Again, there are reasons for doing so, but the near-presumption of bias goes unquestioned. To see how far this … Continue reading

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Who’s to say whether a juror has bias? (Part 1)

The voir dire process that juries go through in the U.S. helps attorneys detect juror bias against their case. Attorneys often use “peremptory strikes” to remove jurors without having to state a reason (or “cause”), but sometimes the jurors don’t … Continue reading

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