"He held something called a 'voir dire' hearing, which Phil explained meant he would have to put up all the evidence about Poole before the judge, but not the jury."

"void dire" comes from the Old French words meaning "true" and "say". http://dictionary.law.com/Default.aspx?selected=2229

In this case, void dire refers to when an attorney challenges a prospective juror due to suspicion of a bias against the attorney's case. Here, Phil meant to show Poole's evidence to the judge, but not the all-white jury, due to their obvious prejudice against Ronald and his case.

Submitted by student authors: Robert Kobet and Laura Moreton