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A sign reminds customers to wear a protective mask to stem the spread of the Coronavirus at a MOM’s Organic Market in Baltimore. June 16, 2020. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

Can a lawyer effectively pick jurors when they are all wearing face masks?

It’s not just a theoretical question. A defendant set to begin voir dire this week in an asbestos trial in Oakland cited face masks on prospective jurors as a primary concern in a July 9 petition before the California Supreme Court.

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Amanda Bronstad

Amanda Bronstad is the ALM staff reporter covering class actions and mass torts nationwide. She writes the email dispatch Critical Mass. She is based in Los Angeles.

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