Elisabeth Semel Explains Impact of Jury Selection on Death Penalty Cases

KALW News, November 18, 2009 by Rina Palta

“From a defense attorney’s standpoint, Semel said, “you end up with a jury that’s not only able to impose the death penalty, but people who are for the death penalty tend to be more pro-prosecution” and presumably, more likely to convict in the first place. In a society increasingly opposed to the death penalty, you’re excluding from juries some 40 or 50 percent of people who would be otherwise qualified,” she said.