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Amy J. Posey and Lawrence S. Wrightsman

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195183092

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183092.001.0001

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Jury Selection: Case-Specific Approaches

Jury Selection: Case-Specific Approaches

(p.173) 8 Jury Selection: Case-Specific Approaches
Trial Consulting

Amy J. Posey

Lawrence S. Wrightsman

Oxford University Press

Chapter 7 described how legal consultants sometimes administer sets of attitude statements that assess broad biases that many prospective jurors inevitably hold. This chapter examines how trial consultants may aid in jury selection using a different framework, one built on identifying the biases of jurors that are relevant to that particular case. Two cases are described in some detail; the two cases have similarities and differences. Both led to criminal trials, and in both, the side represented by the trial consultants had rather unusual challenges in finding jurors sympathetic to its side. In both cases, the trial consultants worked on a pro bono, or unpaid, basis (which is quite atypical). In one case, the consultants assisted the prosecution, which is also atypical.

Keywords:   trial consulting, trial consultants, case-specific approach, jury selection, juror bias

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