After being thrust into an unfamiliar role in a complex system that is often equally unfamiliar, jurors in sexual assault cases face the daunting task of reaching a just verdict for a crime that is shrouded in misconceptions. In this foreign terrain, prosecutors serve as a trusted guide—pointing out familiar landmarks of personal experience and presenting the witnesses and other evidence in a manner that makes them both understandable and relatable. By assisting jurors in forging personal connections to the evidence, the prosecutor can remove any obstacles that might otherwise block the path to a just finding of guilt.
This presentation will suggest ways to focus the jury’s attention on the evidence in a manner that accurately conveys the reality of sexual assault and assists jurors in rendering a fair and just verdict – beginning with jury selection and continuing through opening statement, presentation of evidence, and summation.
As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:
- Create an experience-based and impactful voir dire.
- Identify issues which require expert testimony and present this testimony effectively at trial.
- Utilize themes that place the evidence in the context of common experience.
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