No matter how strong your case is, prosecutors should never underestimate the importance of selecting a jury. Misconceptions and myths about child sexual abuse can prejudice jurors against your case, affecting their ability to assess the facts. Some jurors, no matter what they say in jury selection, may simply never be able to convict an offender, even if the evidence has proven the case beyond a reasonable doubt. In this presentation, attendees will learn how to address public opinion and to plan a strategy for choosing jurors who can fairly evaluate evidence.
After this presentation, attendees should be able to:
1. Identify public beliefs that prove problematic for jurors deciding a child sexual abuse case.
2. Develop an overall plan for jury selection based on the facts of your case.
3. Formulate questions designed to elicit truthful feedback from prospective jurors.
4. Avoid ethical pitfalls in questioning and selecting jurors.