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Federal (white collar) criminal case/trial.

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Wondering if in a federal case when a defendant decides to go to trial is the jury pool based on members of the general public? Also does the jury pool ever come from members of the grand jury? (is this even allowed).

Also how many jurors do there need to be in order for a federal trial to take place? Does the defense team and/or the prosecuting team pick the jury?

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  1. The jury panel is selected from the general population. No one from the grand jury would be eligible to sit on the jury since they have prior intimate knowledge of the evidence in the case.

    A federal jury is made up of 12 jurors and up to 6 alternate jurors. Both the prosecutor and the defense attorney are entitled to exercise peremptory strikes to whittle the panel down to the appropriate number of jurors and alternates.

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  2. The jury pool in the Central District of California is based from the general population from the following counties: Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura. Grand Jury members are typically exempt. 12 jurors for a criminal matter. Many federal judges prefer to do the voir dire, but the final decision is made by the attorneys from both sides.

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  3. Making progress on the term paper about jury trials, one Avvo Q and A at a time.

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  4. Don't get mad at me but. If you are asking these questions on AVVO, there is a breakdown in the relationship with your (or your friend/loved one's) attorney. That concerns me. The answers above are 100% right but my goodness, if you (or someone you know) is going to trial, the communication has to be better than this. What's going on?

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