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impaneling

n. the act of selecting a jury from the list of potential jurors, called the "panel" or "venire." The steps are: 1) drawing names at random from a large number of jurors called; 2) seating 12 tentative jurors (or six where agreed to); 3) hearing individual juror requests for being excused, to be determined by the judge; 4) questions from judge and lawyers for both sides; 5) challenges of tentative jurors either for cause (decided by the judge) or peremptory (no reason given) by the lawyers; 6) swearing in the jurors who survive this process. (See: jury, juror, challenge, panel, venire)

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How about impaneling truly expert scientists to judge the validity of challenges to research, perhaps in some cases forcing formal "competitive" presentation of independent- and bent-science interpretations of evidence?
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The Court rejected the suggestion that the state's interest in obtaining death sentences could be served by impaneling a death qualified jury to determine sentence, after a conviction, either by forming a new jury or by substituting alternate jurors from the guilt-phase trial for any jurors who could not consider voting for death.