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Copyright (c) 2005 South Texas Law Review, Inc.
South Texas Law Review

ESSAY: Profile of a Perfect Juror

Winter, 2005

South Texas Law Review

47 S. Tex. L. Rev. 343


Lisa Blue, PhD* and Robert Hirschhorn** and Macy Jaggers***


I. What is a Perfect Juror?
When lawyers think of what a perfect juror might be, they often think of things like sex, race, age, etc. If only it were that easy. Unfortunately, not every middle-aged, white woman in America views things the same way. Each person's viewpoint is influenced by his or her unique life experiences. It is those life experiences that are going to tell you how prospective jurors will most likely relate to your case.

As you can see, there is no single perfect juror for every toxic tort case. But you can create a profile of the perfect juror for your case. In this article, we are going to teach you techniques for creating that profile and then help you learn how to identify those perfect jurors through a carefully constructed voir dire.

A. Creating the Profile
Generally speaking, a perfect juror is someone whose belief system fits well with the issues in your case. Before you can begin thinking about what kind of individual jurors might be good for your case, you need to think about what kind of jury you want. Do you want a jury that is strong on the issue of liability - or one that is strong on damages? A common mistake lawyers make is putting on some jurors who are good for one issue and some jurors who are good for the issue. This usually results in the worst of both worlds. We have witnessed jurors who ...
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