Capital Jury Selection: The Minimum Standards for Effective Counsel

Selecting a jury for a client facing the death penalty presents challenges different from other types of cases. The challenges are exacerbated by the fact that when it comes to understanding jury instructions, jurors’ comprehension level is alarmingly low. Capital defender Natman Schaye explains how to describe the jury selection process to potential jurors, identify and rate jurors based on death penalty views, and insulate and isolate favorable jurors.