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Live Blog: Jury Selection in the Hemy Neuman Trial

Jury selection for the trial of Neuman, the man accused of killing Rusty Sneiderman, started Monday.

Jury selection started Monday in the trial of Hemy Neuman, the man accused of gunning down Russell ‘Rusty’ Sneiderman outside of a Dunwoody daycare in Nov. 2010.

Neuman is facing murder charges. He has entered a plea of insanity.

Potential jurors faced questions about their views on mental illness, cheating spouses, and how much they know about the crime.

To review the day's coverage, click the 'play' button above.

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Observer February 14, 2012 at 02:47 AM
There are several dynamics in action. Jurors who do not want to serve try to find reasons, no matter how silly, to be excused for cause. Judges often question jurors to make sure they are not trying to be excused. If the judge dismisses a juror for cause, then neither the prosecution or defense have to use one of their strikes. So, to maximize their 9 strikes, each will try to get jurors they do not like struck for cause--that way they do not have to use one of their 9 strikes. Often, the other side will object and If the judge upholds the objection, then the objecting side may have to use a strike later if they really want to get rid of a juror. Once there is a pool (seems like 48 here) the bailiff will have a piece of paper. He hands it to the prosecution who writes down their first choice, them hands it to the defense to write their first choice, then back and forth. Each side may strike up to 9 that the other side wants. For such a long trial, there will likely be 4-6 alternates. The alternates sit with the jury, hear testimony, etc. but cannot be part of the deliberations--they are then put in a separate room--unless they are needed later.
Paula February 14, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Peter, you were a busy man yesterday. Thanks for the blog. I was able to go through it last night. It is an interesting look into the jury selection system.
Peter Cox February 14, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Good morning. Thank you for your comments. We will be starting again shortly. It is the same drill as yesterday - jurors are filing into the courtroom now. There are 50 standing in the hallway. They will be given directions on their duties and then the media will be allowed back in. Yesterday this took about one hour.

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