The Psychology of Voir Dire as presented on. By: Laura Gorman. One sunny day, on the corner of Sesame Street and Avenue Q. a large group of monsters gathered together, as they discussed the surprising mail that had arrived that day.
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By: Laura Gorman
“Well,” says Grover, “I don’t know for sure, but I heard there was fowl play. Oscar, being his usual grouchy self, got sick of Big Bird and all that cheery yellow- so he finished BB off.”
Kate chimes in, “I don’t think we should be talking about this. We are supposed to be impartial jurors. At least that’s what I think voir dire is about.”
“What do you mean?” asks the group… “What’s Voir Dire?”Kate stammers, “wwwwell, I think it’s the process of asking questions and picking jurors to get an impartial jury for a case…but maybe we should do some research to make sure.”
“And where should we start Kate?” asks Trekkie Dire?”Kate answers, “I think first we should look at Secondary Sources, from there look at Primary Authority, and finally look to Other Available Sources.”
So the monsters all head off to do research on Voir Dire and the psychology that goes into the process. They all want to know exactly what they will be going through, after all!
“So,” says Trekkie, “through American Jurisprudence, we learned that the court uses Voir Dire to determine if each juror is competent, that we have a duty to fully disclose our opinions, the trial court has to make sure potential embarrassment is protected, and there is no required limit on time for questioning.”
“After looking through another encyclopedia, Corpus Juris Secundum, we know that a juror might be excluded based on their beliefs of capital punishment, sometimes the court is required to ask about potential biases, most questions are proper unless they are argumentative, repetitious, prejudicial, misleading or confusing, and we can be questioned about being racist!” declared grover.
“Boy there sure are a lot of journal articles out there talking about the psychology of voir dire!” says cookie monster, as he devours yet another cookie.