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Judging The Jury

The most difficult–and almost impossible–part of seating an impartial jury for the Derek Chauvin murder case will be selecting someone who doesn’t have any basic knowledge of the case.

The alleged murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Chauvin was front and center on all media for weeks. So finding a juror who has no knowledge of the case, or claims as much, presents its own problems. The reality is, says Viva Frei’s David Freiheit, is finding someone who doesn’t have a foregone conclusion of the case and is open to being convinced by the evidence at trial. Freiheit explains more of the jury selection process, including the sometimes complicated questionnaire and the all-important pre-emptory challenge, which means either side can strike any juror for any reason or no reason whatsoever.

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