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  • Non-English speakers can be jurors, New Mexico court says

    08/13/2013 7:40:08 PM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 44 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 13, 2013 | AP
    The New Mexico Supreme Court is cautioning the state's trial courts that citizens who don't speak English have the right to serve on juries. The court issued the admonition in a ruling that upholds an Albuquerque man's convictions for murder and other crimes in the bludgeoning death of his girlfriend and a subsequent armed robbery and stabbing. Michael Samora's appeal argued that his convictions should be reversed because the Bernalillo County court excused a Spanish-speaking prospective juror who had trouble understanding English. The Supreme Court says it agrees with that argument but also says Samora's defense needed to object during...
  • The Zimmerman Verdict and Jury Nullification

    08/07/2013 1:37:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Jurist ^ | August 7, 2013 | Liz Clark Rinehart, UM Law School Class of 2015
    The response was predictable, even to those who had maintained hope for a different outcome. After the jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin, many cities erupted into protests of what was perceived as a fundamentally unfair and racially-biased verdict that was the result of a broken justice system. Among those protesting that Zimmerman should be punished, some admitted that the flaw was actually found within the Florida law which departs significantly from the common law by allowing individuals who initiate confrontations to use deadly force to defend themselves without a duty to escape. Florida's Stand Your...
  • Juries should be replaced by Watson the computer (She doesn't agree w/Zimmerman verdict)

    08/05/2013 8:02:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Diane Francis website ^ | August 5, 2013 | Diane Francis
    The acquittal of George Zimmerman, like the O.J. Simpson acquittal years ago, calls into question the validity of the jury system. Perhaps it’s time to replace it with panels of legal experts or with a smart computer like Watson, the world champion of chess and Jeopardy. The practice of asking peers, or jurors, to sit in judgment has been around since ancient Greece and Rome. This was to provide a check and balance against tyrants or government-sanctioned officials. It was devised to tap collective wisdom as opposed to allowing one individual to determine the fate of another. Unfortunately, juries fall...
  • The Pulse: Race and the all-female-jury strategy

    07/29/2013 10:03:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | July 28, 2013 | Michael Smerconish
    The O.J. Simpson criminal prosecution was doomed from the moment the trial was moved from Santa Monica to downtown Los Angeles, ensuring that the jury looked nothing like the two victims, legal pundits agree. Might the outcome of the George Zimmerman trial have been similarly predetermined - not because of race, but because of gender? That there is racial division in how people regard the Zimmerman verdict is evident, both anecdotally and in the data. Thousands of mostly African Americans have marched in protest since the not-guilty verdict, and now polling results evidence the division. Last week, a Washington Post/ABC...
  • Justice for Trayvon – It’s not over yet

    07/27/2013 9:26:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    The Milwaukee Courier ^ | July 27, 2013 | Marc Morial, President/CEO Nat'l Urban League, former Mayor, New Orleans
    “Even though I am broken hearted my faith is unshattered.” Tracy Martin, father of Trayvon MartinWe were stunned by the outrageous not guilty verdict reached by a jury of six women in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. We have been following this case since February 26, 2012 – the day unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon, who was Black, was gunned down by George Zimmerman, a White-Hispanic Sanford, Fla. neighborhood watch captain. With no reasonable grounds, Zimmerman assumed Trayvon was a suspicious person, disobeyed police instructions, followed him, fought with him and fatally shot him. From the beginning, the Florida criminal justice...
  • Raekwon Reveals Why He Thinks Zimmerman Walked Away Scot-Free [Video]

    07/27/2013 1:33:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    SOHH blog ^ | July 26, 2013 | Cyrus Langhorne
    With high-profile rap stars like Jay Z speaking on the controversial George Zimmerman verdict earlier this month, Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon is the latest emcee to reveal his reaction. In Rae's opinion, the Trayvon Martin family's fate was sealed with the selected jurors not having any compassion or realizing how defenseless the slain 17-year-old was. "When I heard about the verdict, about the Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman case, I was sad," Rae revealed in an interview. "I was disappointed in the justice system and I felt like they didn't really pay attention to the case the way they were supposed...
  • Trayvon Martin's Mother Devastated to Hear Zimmerman Juror Say 'We Felt He Was Guilty'

    07/26/2013 7:13:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    Yahoo! News / ABC News ^ | July 26, 2013 | Alyssa Newcomb
    Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, said it was "devastating" to hear a juror tell ABC News in an exclusive interview that the jury in the George Zimmerman case thought the former neighborhood watchman was guilty and "got away with murder." "It is devastating for my family to hear the comments from juror B29, comments which we already knew in our hearts to be true. That George Zimmerman literally got away with murder," Fulton said in a statement released Thursday through The Trayvon Martin Foundation. "This new information challenges our nation once again to do everything we can to make sure...
  • Did George Zimmerman Get Away With Murder? (Surprising from this source)

    07/26/2013 12:15:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Slate ^ | July 26, 2013 | William Saletan
    Robin Roberts interviews Juror B29, the only minority juror from the George Zimmerman trial, on an episode of "Good Morning America" that aired July 26, 2013.Did George Zimmerman get away with murder? That’s what one of his jurors says, according to headlines in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and dozens of other newspapers. Trayvon Martin’s mother and the Martin family’s attorney are trumpeting this “new information” as proof that “George Zimmerman literally got away with murder.” The reports are based on an ABC News interview with Juror B29, the sole nonwhite juror. She has...
  • George Zimmerman Juror Says He 'Got Away With Murder'

    07/25/2013 11:51:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 223 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 25, 2013 | Alyssa Newcomb
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The only minority on the all-female jury that voted to acquit George Zimmerman said today that Zimmerman "got away with murder" for killing Trayvon Martin and feels she owes an apology Martin's parents. "You can't put the man in jail even though in our hearts we felt he was guilty," said the woman who was identified only as Juror B29 during the trial. "But we had to grab our hearts and put it aside and look at the evidence." She said the jury was following Florida law and the evidence, she said, did not prove murder. The court had sealed...
  • Sequestered Zimmerman trial jurors had alone time with family during trial

    07/18/2013 4:28:00 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 23 replies
    WFTV ^ | 7/18/2013 | WFTV
    SANFORD, Fla. — The six women who acquitted George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin's killing were sequestered during the trial, but Channel 9 learned those jurors were allowed hours of time alone with friends and family. Channel 9's Kathi Belich confirmed the jurors were left unsupervised with guests at times, which WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer said is more than enough time for a member to have said something that could have influenced a juror and possibly impacted the verdict. The Seminole County Sheriff's Office said Judge Debra Nelson allowed jurors generally no more than two hours of alone time with...
  • Sequestered Zimmerman jurors got mani-pedis, went bowling, saw movies

    07/17/2013 7:49:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 17, 2013 | Matthew DeLuca and Andrew Rafferty
    The all-female jury in George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial was under close watch by court deputies during the 22 day sequester and spent plenty of quality time together, including trips to get manicures and pedicures, movie and bowling outings, the Seminole County Sheriff's Office revealed on Wednesday. Beginning on June 21, the six-woman jury lived in a Marriott hotel in Lake Mary, Fla., and were closely monitored to prevent them from any exposure to outside information about the case. Each had individual rooms but the jurors would frequently meet for meals and to socialize, according to a statement from the...
  • George Zimmerman trial: Jury selected in Trayvon Martin shooting case

    06/20/2013 12:17:51 PM PDT · by Bubba_Leroy · 93 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | June 20, 2013 | Rene Stutzman and Jeff Weiner
    A jury has been selected for the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, after more than a week of intensive jury selection in the high-profile case. The lawyers have selected 10 Seminole County residents -- six jurors and four alternates -- to serve as jurors for a trial which is expected to last two to four weeks, and is sure to be closely watched across the nation. Prosecutors say Zimmerman profiled, pursued and killed the unarmed teen Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford. Zimmerman says he fired in self-defense after he was attacked...
  • All-women jury chosen for George Zimmerman's trial

    06/20/2013 1:34:23 PM PDT · by k4gypsyrose · 189 replies
    breitbart ^ | 6/20/13
    A jury of six women, five of them white and the other a minority, was picked Thursday to decide the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who says he shot an unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin, in self-defense.
  • Gosnell Jurors: Hard to See Photos of Babies With Snipped Necks

    05/16/2013 11:19:26 AM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    New video footage of the interviews with the jurors in the murder trial of abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell shows one juror talking about how difficult it was to view pictures of the babies Gosnell killed. Jury Foreman David Misko says: “It was definitely hard to see the photos. There was cases where the photos of the babies were blown up and they were right in front of your face and you had to stare–it was definitely hard seeing that.”
  • State bill would allow non-citizens to serve as jurors

    04/25/2013 2:04:39 PM PDT · by rey · 44 replies
    Press Democrat/ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | April 25, 2013 | JUDY LIN
    State bill would allow non-citizens to serve as jurors By JUDY LIN ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 12:24 p.m. Last Modified: Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 12:24 p.m. SACRAMENTO — The state Assembly on Thursday passed a bill that would make California the first state in the nation to allow non-citizens who are in the country legally to serve on jury duty.
  • Study: Male Jurors More Likely To Find Overweight Women Guilty

    01/15/2013 5:19:01 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 48 replies
    CBS Local ^ | January 12, 2013
    Male members of a jury are more likely to find a defendant guilty if the accused person is an overweight female. According to a recent study by Yale University psychologists, male – and not female – jurors are also more inclined to believe that a fat woman is a repeat offender who had malicious intent. The researchers gathered a group of 471 pretend peers of varying body sizes and described to them a case of check fraud. They also presented them with one of four images—either a large man, a lean man, a large woman, or a lean woman—and identified...
  • State Adopts Jury Nullification Jurors Can Question Law

    07/03/2012 7:09:44 AM PDT · by Twotone · 10 replies
    US Observer ^ | July 3, 2012 | Staff
    New Hampshire Governor John Lynch signed HB 146 on June 18, 2012 - which reads: "...a Right of Accused. In all criminal proceedings the court shall permit the defense to inform the jury of its right to judge the facts and the application of the law in relation to the facts in controversy. Short, simple and to the point. Nullification advocate Tim Lynch of the Cato Institute thinks it may not be a game changer, but it's a step in the right direction
  • DA: Death penalty out in all but one of four torture slaying suspects

    03/09/2012 8:32:59 AM PST · by SmithL · 38 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 3/9/12 | Jamie Satterfield
    It's official. Death is no longer a possible fate for three of four defendants in the January 20007 torture slayings of a Knox County couple. Assistant District Attorney General Leland Price has filed notice of an intention to seek the death penalty as punishment in the deaths of Channon Christian, 21, and boyfriend Christopher Newsom, 23, only against alleged ringleader Lemaricus Davidson. Price this month notified attorneys for Davidson's brother, Letalvis Cobbins, and Cobbins' friend, George Thomas, that he will push for a fate in their cases no more than life without possibility of parole. Because Cobbins' girlfriend, Vanessa Coleman,...
  • D-Day for Casey: Prosecutors dismiss 'absurd' claim that Caylee drowned

    07/04/2011 11:57:32 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 19 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7:05 PM on 4th July 2011 | By Jacqui Goddard
    Casey Anthony’s six-week murder trial finally rested today as jurors were sent away to decide whether her two-year-old daughter was the victim of an accidental drowning that she covered up out of fear and grief, or was brutally murdered by a 'pathological liar' who wanted to live free and party. Judge Belvin Perry dispatched the jury in Orlando, Florida, to consider their verdict after the state delivered an emotionally stirring rebuttal to the defence’s closing arguments, telling the panel of seven men and five woman that Caylee Anthony died in June 2008 at the hands of 'the most well documented...
  • Casey Anthony LAUGHS in court as she is branded a 'cold-blooded, callous monster'

    06/02/2011 3:01:59 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 29 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 10:43 PM on 2nd June 2011 | By Jacqui Goddard
    Jurors looked stunned on Thursday as Casey Anthony, who faces the possibility of the death penalty if convicted of murdering her daughter two-year-old Caylee, started laughing in court. As she waited for the afternoon session to begin she smiled broadly, at one trying to cover up her giggles with her hand. Just a couple of hours earlier jurors heard dramatic tape recordings of detectives telling Casey Anthony that she risked being judged as a 'cold-blooded, callous monster' after she lied to them over her daughter’s disappearance
  • Tens of thousands in South Florida skip out on jury duty

    04/17/2011 8:20:33 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 40 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | April 16, 2011 | Georgia East
    About two out of three people summoned for jury duty each year in South Florida don't show up. Although some are exempt, tens of thousands simply brush it off. And while skipping jury duty is against the law, few are punished because court staffers say the process would be too costly and time consuming. The spike in no-shows follows a change in who is being summoned. Jurors used to be chosen from voter registration databases, but the state in 1998 switched to driver's license rolls as a way to widen the pool.
  • Juror's research led to murder mistrial

    01/17/2011 5:11:04 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 32 replies
    standard speaker ^ | January 17, 2011 | Bob Kalinowski
    Juror's research led to murder mistrial By Bob Kalinowski (Staff Writer) Published: January 17, 2011 Legal experts have coined them "Google mistrials." Curious jurors seeking to conduct their own research surf the Internet about facts presented in court, bringing a halt to important court cases and tainting the outcome. Sometimes it's done unwittingly. Other times it's done against a judge's specific directions. On Friday, it ended Lamont Cherry's murder trial in Luzerne County court. A juror admitted to researching medical issues at home on her computer after five hours of deliberations Thursday ended in a deadlocked panel, prompting a cloud...
  • 11:1- One Woman On Blago Jury Was The Hold Out!

    08/18/2010 7:44:15 AM PDT · by Brittany Pounders · 54 replies ^ | August 18, 2010 | Brittany Pounders
    Share We’ve all been wondering how in the world Blago could have escaped the other 23 counts he was charged with. Today, it has been revealed it was an 11:1 vote and the holdout was a woman who could not be swayed. Chicago Local News writes: “Overall, I’d say everyone was pretty respectful. In the beginning, it was a little more heated, a lot more emotions, voting was defensive. And then we checked ourselves and took emotion out of it,” said Sarnello. “To me, it was pretty clear where we were gonna end about the third day.” They ended in...
  • What's weighing on Blagojevich jurors

    08/04/2010 10:36:03 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 7 replies
    Sun Times ^ | 8-4-10 | Natasha Korecki, Sarah Ostman
    The complicated case against Rod Blagojevich involves 24 counts and various schemes. As jurors today move on to Day Six of their deliberations on Blagojevich and his fund-raiser brother, here's some of the evidence they are considering in each of the allegations. THE DEFENSE: Blagojevich engaged in political negotiations with Obama's people for the appointment of Obama friend Valerie Jarrett. Indian fund-raisers approached the Blagojevich camp with a bribe attempt for U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., and they were shot down. According to Robert Blagojevich's testimony: "That's just how I viewed the Indians -- very awkward and clumsy and naive...
  • Blago's a blab-o

    07/28/2010 3:03:26 AM PDT · by Scanian · 4 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 28, 2010 | DON BABWIN and MICHAEL TARM
    CHICAGO -- Rod Blagojevich is an insecure man who talks a lot, but he is not a criminal, his lawyer told jurors yesterday during closing arguments at the ousted Illinois governor's corruption trial. Sam Adam Jr. told jurors that he did not call Blagojevich to testify, as he'd promised at the beginning of the trial, because the government did not prove its case. "I thought he'd sit right up here," Adam said, shouting and pointing at the empty witness chair. "I promised he'd testify. We were wrong. Blame me. "I had no idea that in 2½ months of trial that...
  • Jurors sworn in for Blago's corruption trial

    06/08/2010 11:15:28 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies · 17+ views
    chicago tribune ^ | 6/8/10 | staff
    The federal jury has been selected to decide the fate of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Twelve jurors and six alternates have been seated and sworn-in for the four-month trial and opening statements are expected to begin at 1 p.m. Judge James B. Zagel has ordered that jurors' names not be released until after the trial. Zagel postponed a decision on a request by Blagojevich's attorneys to dismiss fraud and racketeering charges against him.
  • Judge: Jurors in Blagojevich trial will have identities withheld

    05/17/2010 11:30:08 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 12 replies · 463+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 5-16-10 | Chris Fusco
    Jurors selected to hear the upcoming criminal case against former Gov. Rod Blagojevich will have their identities withheld from the public until they reach a verdict, the judge who’ll oversee Blagojevich’s trial said Monday. In a meeting with reporters about news-gathering procedures for the trial, U.S. District Court Judge James Zagel expressed concern that people might email or otherwise barrage jurors with opinions about Blagojevich, who has made numerous television and radio appearances since his December 2008 arrest. Jurors are not supposed to discuss trials — or even view news coverage about them — outside of court. Similarly, Zagel said...
  • Jurors thought ex-Congressman William (FELON, LA) Jefferson's transgression was more than bribery

    05/08/2010 7:30:00 AM PDT · by Libloather · 1 replies · 666+ views
    NOLA ^ | 4/20/10 | Stephanie Grace
    Jurors thought ex-Congressman William Jefferson's transgression was more than bribery: Stephanie GraceBy Stephanie Grace, The Times-Picayune April 20, 2010, 7:40AM Almost as soon as a Virginia jury delivered a split verdict on the federal case against U.S. Rep. William Jefferson last summer, an irony emerged: Jurors may have convicted Jefferson on 11 of 16 counts, but they acquitted him on the one charge stemming from the investigation's singularly memorable detail, the $90,000 cash that the feds had found stuffed into Boca Burger and Pillsbury Pie Crust boxes in Jefferson's Washington freezer. Interviews with several jurors in the months since the...
  • (Supreme) Court passes up jury bias case

    04/05/2010 2:40:58 PM PDT · by stan_sipple · 3 replies · 394+ views
    Scotus Blog ^ | 4-5-2010 | Lyle Denniston
    The Supreme Court left intact a sentence of 28 years to life in prison for a college student in Colorado, convicted of sexual assault and other crimes against a household servant. The appeal had the support of the Saudi Arabian government, expressing concern about its many nationals who are in the U.S. as students. The case was Al-Turki v. Colorado (09-700). Colorado courts rejected the challenge by Homaidan Al-Turki, a Saudi national, even though one of the jurors who had sat in the case had volunteered that he thought Muslims would follow the laws of God rather than the laws...
  • Aafia Siddiqui, aka 'Lady Al Qaeda,' thrown out of court after ranting at jurors again

    01/20/2010 8:50:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies · 315+ views
    ny daily news ^ | 1/20/10 | staff
    The erratic terror suspect dubbed "Lady Al Qaeda" was tossed from her own trial Tuesday after a courtroom rant declaring she never plotted to blow up New York landmarks. Aafia Siddiqui's diatribe came as a U.S. Army captain described the savage look on her face when she opened fire on a roomful of military personnel in Afghanistan.
  • NJ jurors convict Fla. man in 'fat defense' trial

    11/06/2009 7:01:12 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 345+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/6/09 | David Porter - ap
    HACKENSACK, N.J. – A jury convicted a Florida man Friday of murdering his former son-in-law, rejecting the man's defense that he was too fat to have run up and down a flight of stairs to commit the crime and make a quick getaway. Edward Ates looked down and shook his head in court as he was found guilty of murder and weapons counts for killing Paul Duncsak, who was shot six times at his home in Ramsey, about 25 miles northwest of New York. Ates' "too fat to kill" defense provided an angle to the trial that attracted attention from...
  • Jurors in William Jefferson's case go home for weekend (RAT-LA after 2nd day of deliberations)

    07/31/2009 3:19:24 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies · 747+ views
    NOLA ^ | 7/31/09
    Jurors in William Jefferson's case go home for weekendby The Times-Picayune Friday July 31, 2009, 3:00 PM ALEXANDRIA, VA. -- Jurors in the trial of former Democratic Congressman William Jefferson have gone home for the weekend and will resume deliberations Monday at 9:30 a.m. The jury met for about six hours today after deliberating for about four hours Thursday . Closing arguments were delivered Wednesday with jury instructions Thursday morning. Given the complexity of the 16-count indictment that includes charge of bribery, fraud, money laundering and racketeering, legal experts have said they expect the deliberations to take several days. The...
  • Fla. Jurors Get Jessica Lunsford Case

    03/07/2007 10:03:52 AM PST · by varina davis · 8 replies · 361+ views
    ap wire ^ | March 7, 2007 | ap
    Fla. Jurors Get Jessica Lunsford Case By CURT ANDERSON (Associated Press Writer) From Associated Press March 07, 2007 12:10 PM EST MIAMI - Jurors began deliberations Wednesday in the murder trial of a sex offender accused of kidnapping 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford from her Florida home and burying her alive in trash bags. In closing arguments Wednesday morning, the prosecutor urged them to convict John Evander Couey, saying overwhelming physical evidence and Couey's own admissions told the story of Jessica's death. "She had a constitutional right to the pursuit of happiness," prosecutor Peter Magrino said. "That defendant right there took away...
  • Libby jurors adjourn until next week

    03/02/2007 12:23:09 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 894+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/2/07 | Michael J. Sniffen - AP
    WASHINGTON - Jurors completed a shortened, eighth day of deliberations Friday without a verdict in the perjury trial of ex-White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. They resume work on Monday. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton granted their request to leave three hours early Friday to attend to personal, professional and medical obligations. On their way out, they handed Walton two questions, which will be addressed in court Monday. The questions were to be released publicly Friday afternoon. The seven women and four men got the case near midday on Feb. 22. They normally work from 9 a.m. to 5...
  • No verdict from CIA leak jurors

    02/21/2007 5:28:21 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 72 replies · 1,814+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/21/07 | Michael J. Sniffen - AP
    WASHINGTON - Jurors deliberated Wednesday without reaching a verdict on whether former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby obstructed the investigation into who leaked the identity of a CIA operative married to a prominent Iraq war critic. The eight women and four men heard 14 days of testimony, a full day of closing arguments and more than an hour of instructions from U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton before beginning their discussions. After 4 1/2 hours of deliberation, the jurors went home until Thursday. The jurors include a former Washington Post reporter, an MIT-trained economist, a retired math teacher, a...
  • Jurors Shown Evidence Of Fraud Against FEMA

    12/19/2006 10:51:52 AM PST · by blam · 4 replies · 580+ views
    Mobile Press-Register ^ | 12-19-2006 | Brendan Kirby
    Jurors shown evidence of fraud against FEMADefendant claimed to be living in New Orleans, but divorce records, drivers license and utility bills point to Mobile residency Tuesday, December 19, 2006 By BRENDAN KIRBY Staff Reporter Federal prosecutors in Mobile on Monday showed jurors at Governor Reiss Sr.'s fraud trial utility bills, divorce court records, a drivers license and his own statement in an attempt to prove that he was no longer living in New Orleans when he asked for disaster assistance. Reiss, 54, faces eight criminal charges in connection with the application he made and the money he received from...
  • [Susan Polk] Jurors ruled out self-defense early on

    06/16/2006 3:31:29 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 155+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 6/16/6 | Bruce Gerstman and Ryan Huff
    MARTINEZ - A jury today convicted an Orinda housewife of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of her husband, a psychologist she met as a teenage patient and later married. The jury deliberated three days before deciding that Susan Polk, 48, killed her husband, 70-year-old Felix Polk in 2002 during a fight in the pool house of their home. The defendant, who represented herself at trial, looked relieved when the clerk pronounced her not guilty of first-degree, but showed no reaction when the final second-degree guilty verdict was read. Prosecutor Paul Sequeira pushed back in his chair when he heard...
  • CA: Prosecutors say jurors' declarations are false (Kenneth Starr death penalty appeal hanky panky?)

    02/10/2006 7:24:22 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 708+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/10/06 | David Kravets and Lisa Leff - ap
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State and local prosecutors said Friday that former Whitewater independent counsel Kenneth Starr and another lawyer representing a death row inmate submitted to the governor forged letters from jurors who were falsely portrayed as wishing the condemned man would be spared. "We showed each person the declaration on their behalf and they all said they didn't say that," said Nathan Barankin, spokesman for Attorney General Bill Lockyer. Starr and Los Angeles attorney David Senior are the clemency lawyers for Michael Morales, a 46-year-old Stockton man on death row for murdering and raping a 17-year-old San Joaquin...
  • CA: Court backs jurors' use of Bible texts (9th Circuit reinstates death penalty)

    12/09/2005 8:44:22 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 598+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 12/9/05 | Claire Cooper
    SAN FRANCISCO - A federal appeals court reinstated a California man's death sentence, ruling Thursday that jurors did not invalidate their deliberations by considering biblical arguments in favor of vengeance. The Los Angeles jurors in the 1979 case of Stevie Lamar Fields unanimously agreed that death was the appropriate punishment after their foreman circulated biblical and other religious passages - "an eye for an eye," for example - that seemed to require it. Biblical references supporting mercy and forgiveness were not circulated in the jury room, according to a lower court's ruling. A federal trial judge in Los Angeles reversed...
  • Reasonable doubt won the day for Jackson - (nuts!..IMO, jurors need IQ tests!)

    06/13/2005 8:22:30 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 284 replies · 3,830+ views
    MSNBC NEWS.COM ^ | JUNE 13, 2005 | Daniel Horowitz
    After 14 weeks of trial, and seven days of deliberation, the Jackson case came down to a battle of two videos. Both videos played at the end of closing arguments showed the statement of the young accuser to the police, and the Bashir documentary outtakes that showed a side of Michael Jackson that is innocent and wistfully childlike. In the end, the jury decided that Michael Jackson was not guilty of molestation. Everyone knows that Michael Jackson is more than weird, he is a universe unto himself. But the jury may have leaned on a universe of innocent love and...
  • Man Spared Death Penalty In Torture Murders

    04/15/2005 5:21:14 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 8 replies · 623+ views
    1010 WINS ^ | Apr 15, 2005 7:38 am US/Eastern | 1010 WINS
    TOMS RIVER, N.J. Jurors in Ocean County have spared the life of a Bronx man who was found guilty of torturing and killing a mother and her son during a robbery in Barnegat. Dwayne Gillispie will be sentenced to life in prison without parole. Jurors were divided on the death penalty for one of the deaths and agreed the 23-year-old should not be executed for the other. Christine Staton and her 25-year-old son were killed in 2000. Prosecutors presented witnesses at the trial who described a plot in which Gillispie, his uncle and a third man set up a gun...
  • Court Throws Out Conviction For Bible-Reading Jurors : Man Raped, Killed Cocktail Waitress

    03/29/2005 8:14:46 PM PST · by new cruelty · 21 replies · 963+ views
    Click 2 ^ | March 29, 2005
    DENVER -- Colorado's Supreme Court has thrown out a convicted killer's death sentence because jurors consulted the Bible during deliberations. The court said the Bible passages, including the verse that commands "eye for eye, tooth for tooth," could influence a typical juror to vote for death instead of life imprisonment. The juror who brought the Bible into the room said she did so because one juror said he was a Christian and he was unsure what the Bible said about the death penalty. So, she said, the next day she brought a Bible so that he would know for sure...
  • NYC terror trial jurors seek judge counsel (Lynne Stewart)

    02/08/2005 6:31:34 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 685+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/8/05 | Larry Neumeister - AP
    NEW YORK (AP) - A month of deliberations in the trial of a lawyer and two others accused of helping terrorists appears to be taking its toll on jurors, leading two of them to ask to speak with the judge Tuesday. The text of what was said in the two jurors' separate meetings with U.S. District Judge John Koeltl was sealed. The proceedings were witnessed by a lawyer for the government and a lawyer for the defense teams, and raised the possibility of a mistrial. After the two jurors met with the judge, the three defendants and their lawyers gathered...
  • Jurors hear sheik's boasts of terror ties

    02/01/2005 9:41:59 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 491+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/1/05 | Michael Weissenstein - AP
    NEW YORK (AP) - A Yemeni sheik accused of funding terrorist organizations boasted of his ties to Osama bin Laden and Palestinian militant leaders on surveillance tapes played Tuesday in Brooklyn federal court. "He used to say that I'm his sheik," Mohammed Ali Hasan al-Moayad said of bin Laden on the tapes secretly recorded in a German hotel room. "I used to teach him some of the Islamic laws," he added. Defense lawyers said al-Moayad made idle boasts to wheedle millions of dollars from an FBI informant posing as a militant Islamist. The informant had proposed giving al-Moayad $2.5 million...
  • NJ Justices forbid excluding religious jurors-- rules no one may be barred based on appearance

    12/27/2004 3:29:25 PM PST · by Coleus · 15 replies · 671+ views
    People cannot not be barred from juries solely because their clothing or occupation suggest they are devoutly religious, the state Supreme Court ruled yesterday. The court ruled that an assistant Essex County prosecutor abused his discretion during jury selection when he tossed a man whose attire and prayer cap suggested he was Muslim, and another who said he was a missionary. The prosecutor contended that people who are "demonstrative" about their religions "tend to favor defendants." In a 6-0 decision written by Chief Justice Deborah Poritz, the court noted that followers of certain faiths are readily identifiable by their clothing...
  • Report: Crank mail reaches Peterson jurors

    12/21/2004 12:13:56 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 72 replies · 2,205+ views
    SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Not everyone seems satisfied with the California jury's death sentence recommendation for convicted killer Scott Peterson. Hate mail and threats have made their way to the jurors in the days after they agreed Peterson should be put to death for the 2001 slaying of his wife, Laci, and their unborn son, KGO-TV, San Francisco, reported Tuesday. An unidentified juror told KGO he and other jurors received hate mail and were confronted in person by people upset with the decision; some even reported their children had been harassed at school. Making criminal threats to a...
  • Judge Dismisses Two Nichols Jurors

    06/02/2004 9:17:21 AM PDT · by TexKat · 145+ views
    AP ^ | 6/2/04 | TIM TALLEY
    McALESTER, Okla. - Two members of the jury considering sentencing for Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols were dismissed by the judge Wednesday and were replaced by the last two remaining alternate jurors. Judge Steven Taylor did not explain what the two jurors did wrong, but he strongly told the rest of the panel not to discuss the case outside of regular jury deliberations. "Do not discuss sentencing," Taylor said following a one-hour closed meeting with prosecution and defense attorneys. "Do not allow anyone to discuss it with you." One of the jurors dismissed Wednesday was the jury foreman. Nichols...
  • Mistrial Looks Likely as Tyco Jurors Return

    03/29/2004 6:55:08 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 14 replies · 274+ views
    aol news ^ | 3 29 04 | MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN,
    NEW YORK (March 29) - Jurors have described their deliberations in the trial of two former Tyco International executives as ''poisonous'' and ''irreparably compromised.'' The judge has called their notes to him ''disturbing'' and seems to be leaning toward a mistrial. Nonetheless, Judge Michael J. Obus concurred with jurors' request to return to work Monday morning, even after they wrote Friday that they had ''ceased to be able to conduct respectful, open-minded, good-faith deliberations.'' Obus must decide whether to keep pushing jurors to overcome what they have described as an atmosphere of animosity that has dominated the jury room in...
  • Jurors Clear Teacher Over Muslim Girl's Assault Claim (UK)

    03/11/2004 6:12:10 PM PST · by blam · 10 replies · 253+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-12-2004 | David Sapsted
    Jurors clear teacher over Muslim girl's assault claim By David Sapsted (Filed: 12/03/2004)Hazel Dick An "outstanding" teacher was unanimously cleared by a jury yesterday of a religiously motivated assault on a Muslim pupil. Hazel Dick, the head of science at a comprehensive in Peterborough, had the charge of religiously aggravated assault hanging over her for a year after a girl claimed that she had ripped off her headscarf. Yesterday, at the end of a three-day trial, it took just 50 minutes for a jury at Peterborough Crown Court to find her innocent. As the verdict was announced in one of...
  • Jurors say Mielke should not have entered church

    10/29/2003 6:20:12 AM PST · by skeptoid · 3 replies · 158+ views
    Jurors say Mielke should not have entered church TRIAL: But pastor had a right to check on chapel, arm himself, they say. By S.J. KOMARNITSKY and ZAZ HOLLANDER Anchorage Daily News (Published: October 29, 2003) The Big Lake pastor who shot and killed two men he caught burglarizing his chapel before dawn on an April morning should never have gone into the church in the first place, said three of the jurors who deliberated on the case. But those same jurors also said that the Rev. Phillip Mielke had a legal right to check on the chapel -- and deserved...