by Laurie R. Kuslansky, Ph.D. Managing Director, Jury Consulting A2L Consulting You’re defending an alleged polluter. You ask prospective jurors, “Who here thinks there is too much government regulation of business?” You represent an individual hurt in a workplace accident. You ask, “Has anyone ever filed a worker’s compensation claim?” Your client is an employer accused of gender discrimination. You ask, “Please raise your hand if you believe that workers sometimes claim wrongful treatment when they simply don’t get what they want.” Why would you do that, if the only answers you can get to these questions are ones that reveal potential allies? That is your adversary’s job, not yours. Your job is to help your supporters fly under the radar so that they can remain on the jury. If your question is likely to reveal nothing useful to you -- or worse, will point out who your friends are -- don’t use that question.