Saturday, February 1, 2014
The Michael Dunn trial starts Monday with jury selection, which will probably play the most significant role in determining the outcome of the trial.
In order to convict Dunn, the prosecution must avoid making the mistakes that it made during jury selection in the George Zimmerman trial.
That means stop preaching to the prospective jurors. Question them instead. Ask “Why?”
Let them talk and reveal themselves.
Be on the lookout for stealth jurors. Right-wing-gun-nut racists who believe that people like Dunn and Zimmerman are great American heroes who should be rewarded for killing black teenagers.
Most prosecutors are lousy at jury selection. Bernie de la Rionda conducted a clinic on how not to do it. Angela Corey should watch a recording of what he did. His failure to ask B-37 why she used the word “riots” to describe peaceful demonstrations and his failure to challenge her for cause or to use a peremptory challenge to get rid of her may have had more to do with the outcome of the trial than anything else.
She must avoid making his mistakes.
Unless, of course, she really wants to lose the case.