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Mechanics of Jury Selection: Some Tools of the Trade
AuthorLaDart, Ross P.
AdvisorRichardson, James T.
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This paper presents to the reader a panoramic view of the mechanics of jury selection utilized by a number of states in this union. It endeavors to demonstrate their differences as well as certain unique features that relate to those jurisdictions. And, even though the mandate of selecting a fair and impartial jury guides all of our states, the methodology in securing same can be interesting as to the differences in accomplishing that goal. Following a discussion of those various mechanics of jury selection will be a comparison of both the advantages and disadvantages of some of these mechanics. This writer will make a recommendation regarding the back-strike (a type of peremptory challenge). This type of peremptory challenge is allowed in some form in a minority of states. The above referenced topical discussions are offered for the reader's consideration as providing a better insight as to practices other than those that may be locally employed with a view toward improving same.