Practice Problems: Trials & Jury

Practice Problems: Trials & Jury

  1. Christopher Robin shoplifted a watch from a California department store and was caught by store security after they watched him on closed-circuit cameras. At arraignment, he pleads not guilty. Judge Stone examines his docket and realizes that he is backed up for six months. Therefore, he informs Christopher that as he is a first-time offender, he will not sentence him to imprisonment. Christopher is convicted and sentenced to community service and one year of probation. He appeals his conviction and argues that he should have been granted a jury trial. Is he likely to succeed in his appeal? Why?

For purposes of this question, assume that shoplifting is punishable as a misdemeanor with a penalty of up to six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

  • In the instructional materials this week, you read the following scenario: You represent a 65-year-old Latina woman. She was fired from her job. Her boss was a 33-year-old white male. She believes she was fired either because of her age or ancestry.
    • Assume you represent the employer/boss. Propose three voir dire questions you would ask the jury pool to help eliminate potential bias. State why you would ask each question. Please do not repeat the example below. (10 points)

For example: Who here has experience terminating an employee?

  • Assume you represent the employee. Propose three voir dire questions you would ask the jury pool. State why you would ask each question. (10 points)


  • Each question is to be supported with at least a two-sentence response providing reasons in support of the question.
  • You will need to prepare six unique questions that are not repeated for either employer or employee.
  • Do not ask introductory questions that ask about jury duty, the role of a juror, and whether a juror can make a decision based on the evidence presented. Be specific and target your questions based on whom you are representing.  Also, review the sample jury questionnaire.  Do not repeat the questions covered in the questionnaire.

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