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Jury Selection

June 11, 1996

If a lawyer were to interview people for a job opening in his office, he would seek a person with considerable knowledge and experience at tasks the person would be performing. However, when a lawyer interviews prospective jurors, especially when a defendant's life may be at stake, he considers any knowledge or experience a person has in understanding important evidence or in logical thinking a detriment to that person's ability to carry out his jury assignment.

Doesn't anyone in the judicial system see the irrationality in this process? Or are the lawyers just in it for the high of winning?

ROBERT M. ROCCO

Los Angeles

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