June 14, 2010
In a previous post, I discussed the availability of both written, audio and video transcripts on Westlaw, as well as their uses for young lawyers. Since I personally consider jury selection the most difficult portion of a jury trial, and since I learned so much from watching other attorneys conduct voir dire, I wanted to reiterate that the Trancripts-All data base includes a number of voir dire transcripts.
An interesting example of voir dire in a case entitled Brecht v. Hague can be accessed by doing a find to 2009 WL 4400973. This transcript includes rulings on motions in limine as well questioning of prospective jurors in a defamation case by both the court and the attorneys. It even includes a brief history lesson conducted by the judge for the jurors’ benefit.