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Ben Rubinowitz and Evan TorganBen Rubinowitz and Evan Torgan ()

It goes without saying that a thoughtful and well-planned jury selection is critical to the success of your case. When jurors walk into the room for jury selection, they bring with them years of attitudes and beliefs shaped by, among other things, family, politics and the media. While a trial lawyer may have great confidence in his powers of persuasion to overcome these long held beliefs, the reality is that most jurors, although well intentioned, will evaluate the facts through their life experience. Indeed, many trial lawyers contend that a case can be won or lost during jury selection. They argue that your success in identifying and weeding out those jurors who have a prejudice against your client or his cause will determine the fate of your case. Although trial lawyers have no control over who will be called as a potential juror, the trial lawyer does have the ability and responsibility to identify and, hopefully, remove those jurors who cannot be impartial or those who start off leaning against your case.

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