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The purpose of this article is to discuss jury selection techniques, strategies and principles.

It is critically important that the attorney is aware of the beliefs, opinions, experiences and attitudes of the jurors.  In jury selection, counsel will usually ask questions of the jury panel.  This is called voir dire.  During voir dire, it is also common for the trial judge to ask the jurors questions or get clarification on a response from a potential juror.

For any jury panel the potential juror will have to fill out a form with questions that is issued by the Court.  In some instances there will be an additional questionnaire prepared by the attorneys and approved by the Court.  The questions in the forms are usually related to the current case.  For example, if the case is against a pharmaceutical company, the attorneys want to know how the potential juror feels about drug companies:

The Speaker of the United States House of Representatives paid a surprise visit to the Branch Law Firm today, August 3rd, 2010, sitting and visiting with the attorneys and the staff. branch trio ammended 2.jpgTurner and Margaret Branch have been close friends to Speaker Pelosi for a very long time, in fact, before she was a Congresswoman. Turner said, “We have been friends a long time and we are honored that she would spend such a long time visiting with us… [She] was, as always, gracious, kind and informative.” Margaret Branch was also grateful for the visit and said, “We talked about the grid lock in Congress and the upcoming November election. We want a positive outcome for all the Democratic incumbents. It is wonderful to call the Speaker of the House a close friend and I am always happy to see her. I wish we could spend more time together… her visit was very meaningful to me and I think of the Speaker as not only a good friend, but a very good friend.”

The officials voting today were presented with multiple choice questions. Question three had a choice of

A. The data provides sufficient evidence to raise significant safety concerns in diabetes type 2 patients taking Rosiglitazone (Avandia).

B. The data does not provide sufficient evidence to raise significant safety concerns in diabetes type 2 patients taking Avandia.

Wednesday July 14th, 2010

Today officials meet again in Gaithersburg, Maryland to discuss the fate of the diabetes drug Avandia. FDA decision makers are given instructions to answer multiple choice questions that start with the following: Please select the following: A. Avandia (Rosiglitazone) should continue on the market and the black box warning should be removed. B. Avandia should be taken off the market or C. I cannot make a decision with the provided information.

We have reviewed many documents and studies that show Avandia does increase the risk of Ischemic Cardiovascualr Events (ICE). We choose option B and believe people who suffered from harmful side effects while taking Avandia should be allowed to receive justice for Glaxo Smith Klein’s negligence.

Today, July 13th, 2010, the FDA is currently hosting a hearing regarding the dangerous drug Avandia. Please see our links in MEDIA to view recent news clips from CNN. As personal injury attorneys we believe Avandia is harmful and consequently should be removed from the market. If you or a loved one has taken Avandia please seek out information on how you can be represented by the Branch Law Firm. We are dedicated to helping injured victims nationally and are fully capable of working to get you a settlement that is deserved for your suffering.

The following is a guest post from the Illinois personal injury attorneys of Dolan Law Offices:

With the Memorial Day Weekend behind us, it is time to reflect on the busy summer driving season. The summer months are notoriously the worst for drunk driving accidents in New Mexico and across the nation.

This year the DWI Resource Center worked with the Albuquerque Police and the New Mexico State Police to identify the 5 Albuquerque intersections most likely to have DWI crashes. With the aid of a computer program, the DWI Resource Center looked at data such as history of drunk driving accidents that caused personal injuries, the proximity of bars and liquor stores, and traffic patterns.*