Now, a Jury of His Peers

The prosecution ignores its consultant and finds itself face-to-face with jurors who delight the defense

The past five weeks have been a voyage of culinary discovery for Jo-Ellan Dimitrius, the O.J. Simpson defense team's jury consultant. One day she would join Simpson's lawyers for burritos at La Golondrina, another day it would be angelhair pasta at Epicentre or sushi at Horikawa. The cuisine was rarely the same, but the luncheon agenda never varied: how to pick a jury likely to find Simpson not guilty of first-degree murder. Life during jury selection was quite different for Don Vinson, jury consultant for the prosecution. Vinson tirelessly fed the responses of potential jurors to Judge Lance Ito's 80-page questionnaire...

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