Prosecutors know they need 12 jurors to be unanimous for a conviction. What most prosecutors don’t know is that it is the 13th juror in the box who controls the fate of their case. The 13th juror is never selected for jury duty but is present in every case. That juror is the expert on what “real” rape looks like and how “real” rape victims and “real” rapists behave. If prosecutors don’t take care to remove the 13th juror, they will infuse myth and bias into every aspect of the case, starting with the decision to charge. The charging standard often cited by prosecutors is “Would a jury in my jurisdiction convict?” This standard often leads to decisions influenced entirely by the 13th juror. Allowing myth and bias to impact prosecutorial decisions leads to low prosecution and conviction rates. In part one of this two-part session, attendees will learn how the 13th juror is impacting charging decisions and learn standards for charging that eliminate myth and bias from their decision making. In part two, attendees will learn trauma-informed trial practices from voir dire through closing arguments, including how to educate a jury on myths and bias, and utilizing expert witnesses.