Now a couple of quick responses to one reader's questions about juries.
Would you please explain the reasons why, the reasons and thought process behind reason, someone is "struck" from being picked to serve on a jury?
I believe this post answers this question, mostly anyway, but if not let me know where it's deficient. The bottom line, though, is that we try and find people who will give us a fair shake.
Also, how many "strikes" does each side get and if both sides agree someone should not serve, does it count against their "strike" limit?
In felony court each sides gets ten peremptory strikes, which is a strike for any reason we want (as long as it's not based on a discriminatory reason, like race or gender). If both sides agree, which happens in most trials, then no, it won't count. Usually it's someone who is obviously unable to be fair to both sides (technical term: nutter) and so the judge strikes them "for cause," which means they are out of the pool by the time the parties disappear to their small closets to consider their peremptories.