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No oath no conviction, Mich. court says [verdict overturned because jury not sworn in]
AP via Newsvine.com ^ | Fri Mar 5, 2010

Posted on 03/06/2010 2:21:55 AM PST by Slings and Arrows

ANN ARBOR — A Michigan man sent to prison for 15 years is getting a new trial after the judge failed to do a routine procedure — ask the jury to take an oath.

Timothy Becktel was sentenced in 2008 for assault with intent to murder. But his appellate lawyer successfully argued that the verdict should be thrown out because the jury didn't swear to return an honest decision based on law and evidence.

(Excerpt) Read more at newsvine.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: activistcourts; cultureofcorruption; donutwatch; napl; revenuetickets
From a legal point of view I suppose I see the necessity, but...*facepalm*.
1 posted on 03/06/2010 2:21:55 AM PST by Slings and Arrows
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To: Slings and Arrows; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; ...
Facepalm 3


2 posted on 03/06/2010 2:23:41 AM PST by Slings and Arrows ("Jim Robinson is the onle person that sweets proper nut sweet. leave the man alone."--Sarah-bot)
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3 posted on 03/06/2010 2:42:50 AM PST by GOP_Raider (<----Click over there for a special message from GOP_Raider)
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*sigh* Oh yeah. Epic fail.


4 posted on 03/06/2010 2:50:01 AM PST by Slings and Arrows ("Jim Robinson is the onle person that sweets proper nut sweet. leave the man alone."--Sarah-bot)
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“He says Becktel’s trial attorney never objected to the lack of a jury oath.”
The defense doesn’t have to save the prosecution from a screwup. The defense attorney probably didn’t notice it, either.


5 posted on 03/06/2010 2:58:07 AM PST by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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A jury with a clue might have caught it but we don’t tell jurors their rights anymore.


6 posted on 03/06/2010 3:10:04 AM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

That judge is obviously dead.


7 posted on 03/06/2010 3:12:22 AM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Damn. Wonder what kinda shape his victim is in.


8 posted on 03/06/2010 4:49:48 AM PST by Titan Magroyne (Freedom is taken, not given.)
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A jury with a clue might have caught it but we don’t tell jurors their rights anymore.
Fully Informed Jury Association
9 posted on 03/06/2010 4:51:12 AM PST by Peet (<- A.K.A. the Foundling)
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Its pathetic that a case can get tossed because a jury didn’t receive their oath but they don’t need to be informed of their rights.


10 posted on 03/06/2010 5:10:25 AM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin!)
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To: Titan Magroyne

Good question. Another trial means either more burdens for the victim and witnesses, or they can’t make it and the perp walks. Disgusting.


11 posted on 03/06/2010 7:44:37 AM PST by Slings and Arrows ("Jim Robinson is the onle person that sweets proper nut sweet. leave the man alone."--Sarah-bot)
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It's where we wind up when half of the culture spits on “procedure” and “pompinstance” and things like the Pledge of Allegiance or the National Anthem.

There was union meeting with a Democrat and they openly laughed when it was asked if they were going to say the pledge of allegiance. They gave it a run through but laughed about it.

The institutions are corrupt. The courts serve as a workforce, not a system of justice.

12 posted on 03/08/2010 8:32:52 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: Scotsman will be Free

The judge didn’t notice this? The court reporter didn’t notice this? The baliff didn’t notice this? A whole lot of people drawing pay but not doing their blankity blank jobs.


13 posted on 03/08/2010 8:34:17 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: Slings and Arrows

What’s the big deal? Rules are rules and that’s what rules!...end of story.


14 posted on 03/10/2010 5:04:40 AM PST by equaviator ("There's a (datum) plane on the horizon coming in...see it?")
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