James P. Lambe has been a Fresno criminal defense lawyer since 1986. In trials of life sentence cases, he has obtained eight acquittals, four hung jury dismissals, and three in limine motion dismissals. He has employed creativity in settling four death penalty cases. He has also concluded thirty-three other murder cases (preventing a murder conviction in eighteen of them) and one hundred and four three strikes cases (preventing a three strikes sentence in ninety-four of them). He was the trial attorney in two published cases which effected significant changes in California law: People v. Myers (1998) 61 Cal.App.4th 328, 71 Cal.Rptr.2d 518 (self defense) and People v. Howard (2005) 34 Cal.4th 1129, 23 Cal.Rptr.3rd 306 (felony murder). He is Certified as a Specialist in Criminal Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and is Certified as a Specialist in Criminal Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. In 2009, he became the first criminal law attorney from the San Joaquin Valley to be named a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. He is the author of “Right to Speedy Trial” and “Jury Deliberations and Verdict” in California Criminal Law Procedure and Practice (2013-18), “Injury and Death” and “Increased Punishment for Prior Similar Offenses” in California Criminal Sentencing Enhancements (2012-18), and “Monetary Sanctions” in the Contempt Defense Manual (2007, 15). He has served on the State Bar of California Criminal Law Advisory Commission, the State Bar of California Criminal Law Section Executive Committee, and the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice Board of Governors.
Jim Lambe and Janet Hong talk about what makes jury selection a crucial part of the trial process and how attorneys can efficiently handle the different aspects of jury voir dire.
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