The Heartburn and Learn seminar on Voire Dire, given by Voire Dire Jedi Master Gene "Obi Wan" Zenobi will commence today at 12:00 noon in Judge Beth Bloom's courtroom on the sixth floor. (6-1??) So run down to Au Bon Pain, grab a soup, take a purple Nexium, and come learn the proper way to select a jury.
Too many lawyers think that voire dire is an opportunity to pre-try their case. Amateurs (or federal lawyers). Voire Dire is NOT about that. Voire Dire, when practiced properly, is an opportunity to learn about the jurors so you can make an intelligent decision. Voire dire is the most important part of any jury trial- except in Federal Court, where the legal system is unfortunately broken because Congress and Federal Judges have taken that very most important part of a trial lawyer's craft and trashed it under a twenty question or so questionnaire that tells the lawyers very little about the jurors.
Senator Richard Lugar (R-Indiana) a voice of moderation and reason in the senate for over thirty five years lost the Republican primary to Ricgard Mourdock (Tea Party-Fanatic) on Tuesday night. Luger's loss is further evidence that the Republican party has lost its soul, not to mention the remaining members have lost their mind.
In Cook County, Chicago, they shoot lawyers who say sh*t in court. From the ATL blog, the story of one over worked, under paid, thesaurus deprived PD.
See You Court, never cursing.
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