Is it possible to find a truly impartial juror?

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dano7744 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Yes, I believe it is possible to find a truly impartial juror. The lawyers try to combat this phenomenon during Voir Dire. Trial lawyers become skilled at doing this by reading the potential jurors body language and facial expressions during questioning. Never the less, I believe that most potential jurors are honest people and if they did not want to participate in the process would feign some illness or situation to exclude themselves. Most jurors have a belief that doing the right thing and being honest are extremely important civil duties that must be carried out;however, bias, discrimination, and dishonesty are always a possibility. Many trial lawyers will investigate potential jurors ahead of a trial if they receive the jury list ahead of time.