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Posts made in June, 2012

By on Jun 19, 2012 in Court, Trial, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Last week I finished an intense trial that I’m proud to report ended in a Not Guilty verdict. As I often do after big cases or big events, I took stock and debriefed on what worked and what I could do better. One of the concepts I’m continuing to develop is connecting with the jury. As you’ll see, this is an important aspect of a trial. And while not every one of my actions or words was intended to build rapport with the jury, I focused on it throughout the trial. Today’s post looks at five techniques that I use to connect with a jury. Why connect at all? The jury is far and away the most important part of a trial. As I wrote in my last post on the judiciary, the judge decides what evidence goes to the jury and how that evidence is framed, among other things. Regardless, it’s still the jury who decides the final outcome. In that sense each attorney is a supplicant, asking these six or twelve citizens to give you what you want. Because you are ultimately asking for their vote, you need to create reasons they should find in your client’s favor. One way is representing the most “just” position.  Jurors, just like all of us, want to work for justice. Representing the side that is the “just” side makes it more likely for a jury to find in your client’s favor. Even if a defendant is actually guilty, a jury could still determine justice is best served by not relying on a prosecution’s potentially flimsy rationale. In that way, defense attorneys represent justice by both making sure innocent people aren’t found guilty, and that every person, guilty or innocent, is afforded a fair trial. But part and parcel to the concept is that of a fair or just advocate. To put it more simply, juries also want to find in favor of someone they like more. And they might decide they don’t like your client because they don’t like you. A client speaks maybe 1% of what the attorney speaks in a trial, if that. Because the attorney is the advocate and is the one representing the client, the client...

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