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Posts made in April, 2014

By on Apr 23, 2014 in Communication, Constitution, Court, Criminal, Jury, Trial | 0 comments

Over the past couple of months I’ve prepared for multiple trials. As I wrote a little while ago, this included a three-week trial involving some serious sex offenses. After that concluded I had a misdemeanor domestic violence trial to prepare for.  These trials were going to be quite different. In one the client was facing multiple felonies, the other a single count of misdemeanor assault. But in both cases the stakes were high: each client was facing a relatively significant amount of jail time if they lost. And in each case, their matter would ultimately be decided by a trial of their peers. But which peers? Prior to any testimony, prior to opening statements, the lawyers engage in jury selection. That selection process is called voir dire. And despite all of the experts and witnesses and exhibits that come in during a trial, voir dire is one of the most interesting and complex aspects of the whole affair. And it could not be more important. With exactly the same charges and testimony and facts, one jury could acquit while another could find a defendant guilty. Each juror brings with them a different set of biases and preferences and life experiences. Which is why voir dire is so critical to ensuring a client gets a fair trial. The process in Washington State works like this: a bunch of people, called the venire, is called in. The venire is usually 25-50 people from all over the city or county  where the case is taking place. The lawyers are given some basic information about the members of the venire, like name and age and occupation. The judge will ask some basic questions to the entire panel, like if they know any of the lawyers or if they know someone who’s faced similar charges. Then each side gets an amount of time, between 20 and 60 minutes generally, to ask members of the venire individual questions. Those individual questions are the essence of voir dire. After that’s over the venire is whittled down to six people in misdemeanor cases or twelve for felonies. Jurors number 1-6 (misdemeanors) or 1-12 (felonies) are the default jurors. But lawyers can kick off a juror in the...

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By on Apr 1, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

After a difficult case, some of my clients graciously let me snap their picture for display on the website. This day seems like as good a day as any to share their happy, grateful faces. DESPITE THE SERIOUS ALLEGATIONS EACH WAS EXONERATED BY A JURY OF THEIR PEERS. Thank you for putting your trust in the Law Office of Noah Weil!   And the Law Office of Noah Weil is happy to announce their newest associate, joining the firm in an (expected) four weeks. We’re sure she’ll make a major impression with all the partners!...

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