• Pennsylvanians‘ Right to Juries Free of Any Suspicion of Partiality in Danger?
  • February 5, 2015 | Author: Thomas J. Foley
  • Law Firm: Foley Law Firm - Stroudsburg Office
  • Jury selection is the critical beginning, and all too often the untimely end, to any “fair” civil or criminal jury trial. Some Pennsylvania trial judges give short shrift to litigants’ challenges both for cause and peremptory, and improperly empanel potential jurors despite possible biases and prejudices revealed during voir dire. These trial judges jeopardize the Pennsylvania constitutional right to a fair trial before an ostensibly unbiased jury, one free of any suspicion of partiality. They not only endanger the rights of the litigants themselves, but threaten continued acceptance of the laws by litigants and by the public at large. Three pending appeals present an opportunity for our appellate courts to eliminate these errors, to correct the course of the trial courts, and to preserve the Pennsylvania constitutional right to “Trial by jury. . .” for generations to come.