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More Jury Action – Backstrikes

Posted by thedarwinexception on May 17, 2011

 

Out of the 17 potential jurors who were seated during the week long process of picking jurors, six were stuck this morning, bringing the total potential panel down to eleven. The prosecution and defense each have 5 strikes left, although, of course, they can petition the judge for more peremptory challenges, and the judge may well grant the request, given the amount of charges that Casey Anthony is facing.

Already there is cause for a defense appeal, given the odd way that Judge Perry is conducting jury selection. Although there are no hard and fast rules as to how jury selection should be conducted, it is always an area that is ripe for appeal, and Judge Perry’s veering outside the realm of “usual” is bound to have the appellate lawyers already writing briefs. He seems to be making up a lot of it as he goes along, and changing the rules daily. “I’ll seat 8 alternates…” “Well, maybe not eight, but we’ll get what we get…” “I’ll swear them when we get 12….or 15….or at 5:00……”

And the “swearing in” point is rather important, because when the jury is sworn in is exactly when double jeopardy attaches. I’m sure Judge Perry just wants to get the jury sworn and sequestered, before there is any more potential tainting that can occur, but it would be a shame if the jury is sworn and then some procedural error takes place with the swearing in of the alternates and the whole case goes to hell in a hand basket.

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2 Responses to “More Jury Action – Backstrikes”

  1. Ligita said

    Hey Kim!
    So glad to ‘see’ emails re Darwin Exception covering the Casey Anthony trial!!! Are you going to go to Florida?? And actually BE there?? That would be really cool!!
    Thanks for taking up this project – you write SO good!!!

    • Thanks! No, I’m not going to Florida. Florida in the summer holds no appeal for me, at this point. If it was winter, I might have considered it, but as it is, and with all of Paul’s medical crap happening, I just can’t do it right now. Online streaming will have to suffice!

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