Being summoned to jury duty is just luck of the draw. But if you get selected as a potential juror for a trial, both attorneys have the ability to strike people from the jury during voir dire. The following paragraph from the article explains it perfectly:
"Attorneys don’t get to pick their jurors. Instead, using a mixture of intense questioning, keen observation, and stereotyping, they get to eliminate people they think would hurt their case. “It’s not like a baseball team where you can choose your team members,” says Jeffrey Frederick, Director of Jury Research Services at the National Legal Research Group and author of Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection. “It’s not who I want, it’s who I don’t want. What we try to do is think of what backgrounds, life experiences, cognitive styles, opinions, and values jurors might have that would make them less receptive to our case.” Clues like demographics and personality can improve a lawyer’s chance of predicting a juror’s stance on a verdict by up to 15 percent. Here are a few things lawyers take into consideration when trying to figure you out."
Let's just cut to the chase! I feel like there are several reasons I would be struck during voir dire:
1. I'm well educated. Prosecutors want well educated people on juries but some defense attorneys sometimes do not.
2. I research a lot of true crime and I love Nancy Grace. Seriously, this would probably be the biggest red flag of all!
3. I have had a close family member in jail. The prosecutors may be afraid that would make me empathetic to the defense.
4. I think our prisons need reformed and our sentencing needs to be reformed.
5. I'm against the death penalty and I don't think I would be able to impose that sentence. Thus, I could not be on a death qualified jury.
All this being said, I do think I would make an excellent juror! Here's why:
1. I would take the job seriously and follow all of the rules.
2. I'm a good listener.
3. I'm a good communicator and would be able to deliberate with the other jurors.
4. I'm open-minded. We all have biases, but I feel like I could confront mine and try to be open minded about the situation.
Have you ever been summoned for jury duty? Did you get on a trial?
Would you be a "good" juror?
What things about you would make the prosecution want you on the jury? The defense?