Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Makes You Wonder About Your Jury

I saw this video the other day and it got me to thinking about jury selection and jury deliberations.  How much can we really learn about the folks that sit in judgment of our clients?  Are we ever really getting truthful, candid responses to the questions we ask in a group setting or are they just following each other's lead?  Of course, there is never a way to select a perfect jury.  Our adversarial system ensures that.  But perhaps, if we follow Bennett's simple rules, we will achieve some level of success.  And hopefully, if you end up with an "elevator" scenario, the folks on the elevator end up facing in the direction of reasonable doubt.