Tuesday, January 16, 2007
The trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby opened today with voir dire, the questioning of the potential jurors. The Washington Post reports on the political questions asked of these potential jurors (here) and also tells about some of the "other" questions.
Good defense attorneys start their defense in the voir dire. The questions the attorney asks (or request a court to ask when the court is doing the voir dire), sets the stage of the theme of the case. It is clear from seeing some of these questions that one theme will be - "faulty memory" or "we all make mistakes as to exatly what we recall." Often the defense attorney will develop the theme with different witnesses presented.
In this case we are likely to see a main theme and several subsidiary themes.