Your options and opportunities for learning about prospective jurors in jury selection may seem limited—you only get so much information on jurors from the court, you don’t get to ask every question you would like and people may be reluctant to speak up in open court. Those reasons make it even more important to take advantage of chances to use the information you do have to start laying the groundwork on your case. You can do this by asking certain questions of jurors who on the surface seem destined to be sent right back to the jury room to serve in someone else’s trial rather than be a potential juror for yours.

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