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July 2009 , Page 20 

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The Truth and Nothing But: How Juror Questionnaires Help You Get There

By Linda Moreno, Joe Guastaferro

High profile cases have the capacity to take on a life of their own that makes them unlike any other trial. Intense pretrial media exposure ensures that jurors come to jury selection with preconceptions, impressions, and opinions. The focus and attention the trial receives sometimes bring out the “media hound” in the most unlikely of judges. In cases where terrorism is alleged, fear may be heightened when already anxious jurors pass through metal detectors, watch guards on patrol, and see bomb-sniffing dogs and SWAT teams on the courthouse roof.

Both authors have worked in high profile cases under those conditions and believe that the juror questionnaire is one of the most effective tools available to help uncover the impact of such elements on jurors. This article will look at some of the strategies for using a questionnaire to get a fair and impartial jury in the rarified setting of a high profile case.

The Media and Your High Profile Case

It is the media that makes a case “high profil

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