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Jury Selection Part 2: An Excerpt from NITA’s Webcast ‘Jury De-selection’

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Maybe it’s a chicken or the egg-type question, but are you better served to select jurors you’d like to see on the panel or excuse those jurors whose views conflict with the theory of your case? Cynthia McCollum, from the Public Defender’s office in Minneapolis, discusses best practices on making sure you excuse those who could harm you and, in doing so, protect your “friends” who can help your cause. Here is an excerpt from Cindy’s presentation on Jury De-selection:

Originally brought to you as a live webcast, the full webcast is now available on demand. During the hour, you will receive insight on:

• How to win jurors
• How to influence jurors
• Ways to win voir dire
• How to talk to, and listen to, jurors so you learn something from them

There are two brief demonstrations, one criminal and one civil, to show how the questions you ask can differ depending on the situation you are in.

If you are interested in purchasing the webcast, you can do so here.

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