Thursday, March 05, 2015

Boston Marathon Bombing Trial Underway

Our previous coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing covered civil liability for defamation, the right to privacy, and criminal procedure.

The trial finally started (after several motions to change venue over concerns about the ability to secure an "impartial" jury in Boston), and opening statements were made. Jury selection took 22 days in court. Twenty-two days! Consider CLEs have been offered advising on a meaningful and effective 30-minute voir dire! What's more, though jury selection has been said to "make or break" a trial verdict, often judges are in the driver's seat when it comes to the actual questioning and selection of jurors, depending on your court.

We of course have numerous resources you could consult on how to conduct effective voir dire. And if you're looking for a respite from trial practice, consider checking out Runaway Jury.