Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Slogging it out in Jury Selection

It's a safe bet that potential juror #76 was not FLDS.
The Houston Chronicle - "(J)ury interviews plodded along at a drowsy pace for as long as 20 minutes as attorneys carefully explained how they would have to set aside what they knew about the case, which prompted by a unprecedented removal of 439 FLDS children by Texas Child Protective Services that gained nationwide attention, and consider only the facts introduced by attorneys.

Still other jurors, including the last juror of Tuesday night, No. 76, made quick work of their interview, after telling the judge her mind was already made up about the case and she could not be impartial."
This feature continues to disturb and seems out of character with Texas law, to put it mildly:
"The jury interviews, conducted for two days in a hushed huddle before Walther, were out of earshot for court spectators who were confined to the back of the courtroom."
With those that do not want to "Get involved" and those that want to but will be shunned by the prosecution (FLDS Members) it seems rather difficult to believe at this point that there will be 12 jurors and 2 alternates. Never fear, Walther as noted above, and in past behavior is unafraid of bending the law autocratically.

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Carol said...

Since a jury is supposed to be made up of peers, how can they keep FLDS members off the jury?
The locals are surely not peers.
Personally, I think it would be most interesting to seat at least a couple FLDS members. There are families at the ranch who have only one wife, married legally with no history of underage marriage.

The Pharisee said...

They really can't Carol, so they have to frame it as another objection. The problem there, is that a complete exclusion is rather easily shown on appeal to have been just that, disguised as other motives.