Welcome to 2011 CLE Voir Dire Basics and Techniques. David A. Longeretta, Esq. Longeretta Law Firm. JURY SELECTION: Most important part of trial in my opinion!. FELONY : 12 person jury
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David A. Longeretta, Esq.
Longeretta Law Firm
FELONY: 12 person jury
MISDEMEANOR: When accusatory instrument is an indictment, a Defendant charged with a misdemeanor is entitled to a 12 person jury. (otherwise 6).
See: People vs. Dean 80 AD 2d 695
Defendant can consent to an 11 member jury. See:
People vs. Gajadhar 9 NY3d 438; and
People vs. Lester 149 AD2d 975
The Judge may discuss such issues either at the bench or in chambers.
Private discussions may include family criminal record, the jurors own criminal record, and whether or not the potential juror was the victim of any sex offenses,etc.Bench Conference with Jurors
If one party deems a juror unfit, that party may eliminate that juror from the pool by exercising one of three (3) types of challenges:
a.) For cause;
c.) To the entire panel itself.
Pursuant to CPL §270.20, the prosecution and defense may challenge, for cause, any potential juror who would not be fair. Reasons may include a juror’s relation to counsel, witnesses or parties involved. THERE IS NO LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF CHALLENGES FOR CAUSE EACH SIDE HAS!
BATSON vs. KENTUCKY
An entire course in and of itself.
THINK ABOUT YOUR VOIR DIRE EARLY AND OFTEN!
Three questions to consider after meeting with a potential client:
One of the most powerful and effective voir dire techniques!
Ask one juror a question, once they respond, ask a second juror for his/her reaction to what the first juror said. A third juror is asked to respond to what the first two said, respecting the jurors names and answers.