Friday, September 25, 2009

The 80/20 Rule

It's a good bet that in any organization, 80% of the output is produced by 20% of the people. I think it's a safe assumption that 80% of the problems in a neighborhood, school or society are caused by 20% of the population. It wouldn't surprise me if 20% of my cases (or your cases) eat up about 80% of my time.

Would I be going out on a limb if I suggested that about 20% of the jurors drive about 80% of jury deliberations? That's one juror in a misdemeanor trial and two or three in a felony trial. Identifying those jurors is crucial in walking your client out of that courtroom.

Now comes the hard part -- who are those key jurors?

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