Toni M. Blake
has testified as an expert witness for change of venue motions and on jury selection for death penalty post conviction hearings.
She has served on the faculty for the Monterey Death Penalty Conference for many years as well as the Defense Investigators Training Academy.
speaks several times a year for the California Public Defenders Association
and the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice as well as several other other local and national bar groups.
work on false allegations of child abuse has been featured in Discover Magazine
, the Chicago Tribune
, American Bar Journal
and on TV documentaries.
She has also served as a technical advisor on criminal pathology for books and movies.
Testimonial:"I would like to recommend Toni Blake, an excellent jury consultant, to anyone who has an important trial.
After thirty years of law practice and over 60 jury trials, in my last trial I decided to use a jury consultant because my client was facing life without possibility of parole with many issues that would prejudice a jury."
"I was fortunate enough to hire Toni Blake
with 2nd Chair Services to assist in selecting a jury.
I could not me more pleased with her
comprehensive service and excellent insight.
I will be reluctant to conduct a jury trial without her
assistance in the future.
reviewed the discovery and analyzed the type of jury and goals in jury selection.
carefully examined the types of questions to ask the jurors.
In this case she
prepared a jury questionnaire.
summarized the jury responses in a chart that could be easily used in asking follow up questions."
is extremely focused and perceptive.
noticed characteristics and possible juror prejudices that I had overlooked.
I followed her
advice and kept one juror who turned out to be the hold out.
cannot say enough positive things about Toni Blake