What Depp Trial Means for Media Companies’ Airing #MeToo Accusations

Both the women making accusations, and the press when it publishes them, assume the considerable risk that comes with antagonizing the rich, powerful and litigious.

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Supreme Court Rejects Case on Juror Said to Harbor Racial Bias

The court’s three liberal members dissented, saying that Kristopher Love, a Texas death row inmate, should have been allowed to pursue his claim.

#black-people, #jury-system, #race-and-ethnicity, #supreme-court-us

Juror’s Error Did Not Affect Ghislaine Maxwell Verdict, Judge Rules

The juror’s statements to the media had clouded the sex-trafficking conviction of Ms. Maxwell, a longtime companion of Jeffrey Epstein.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #human-trafficking, #jury-system, #maxwell-ghislaine, #nathan-alison-j, #sex-crimes

Julian Heicklen, Cantankerous Civil Liberties Advocate, Dies at 90

A retired chemistry professor, he staged weekly protests in front of a Manhattan courthouse, angering prosecutors, who tried to send him to prison.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #deaths-obituaries, #heicklen-julian-p, #jury-system, #manhattan-nyc

In Ghislaine Maxwell Case, It’s Juror 50’s Turn to Be Questioned

A juror’s statements to the media in the wake of Ms. Maxwell’s conviction have raised the prospect that he lied during jury selection, casting doubt on the verdict.

#epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #jury-system, #manhattan-nyc, #maxwell-ghislaine, #nathan-alison-j, #sex-crimes

Ghislaine Maxwell Juror May Be Made to Testify About His Conduct

The juror, whose failure to disclose his past abuse has clouded the guilty verdict against Ms. Maxwell, would be granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony.

#immunity-from-prosecution, #jury-system, #maxwell-ghislaine

Juror to Be Questioned as Ghislaine Maxwell Seeks New Trial

A federal judge is trying to see whether a juror lied during the selection process, casting doubt on the guilty verdict.

#jury-system, #maxwell-ghislaine, #nathan-alison-j, #sex-crimes

Ghislaine Maxwell’s Bid for a New Trial Faces a Major Hurdle

The rule that a trial judge cannot ask what happened in the jury room could block an attempt by Ms. Maxwell’s lawyers to overturn the verdict.

#human-trafficking, #jury-system, #maxwell-ghislaine, #nathan-alison-j, #sex-crimes

What It Was Like on the Elizabeth Holmes Jury for 18 Weeks

Away from the media frenzy, jurors dealt with the trial’s disruption to their lives and had little idea of the case’s implications.

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Ghislane Maxwell Prosecutors Seek Inquiry Into Juror’s Selection

A juror who voted to convict Ghislaine Maxwell on sex-trafficking charges told news outlets he disclosed during deliberations that he had been sexually abused.

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The Elizabeth Holmes Trial Meanders to a Finish

Other high-profile trials around the country have started and ended while Ms. Holmes’s case has stretched for four months into the new year.

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Ghislaine Maxwell Jury’s Hours Extended Over Risks of Virus and Mistrial

Judge Alison Nathan said she was worried that the pandemic could cause a mistrial in the Ghislaine Maxwell case if jurors or participants had to quarantine.

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No Verdict Yet, So Ghislaine Maxwell Jury Is Given a Holiday Break

Jurors in Ms. Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial have given no indication of their progress toward a verdict. Deliberations are to resume on Monday.

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He Never Touched the Murder Weapon. Alabama Sentenced Him to Die.

Nathaniel Woods was unarmed when three Birmingham police officers were fatally shot by someone else in 2004. But Woods, a Black man, was convicted of capital murder for his role in the deaths of the three white officers.

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Black Man Wins New Trial Over Confederate Memorabilia in Jury Room

A Tennessee appeals court granted Tim Gilbert a new trial after jurors deliberated in a room named after the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

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How a Prosecutor Addressed a Mostly White Jury and Won a Conviction in the Arbery Case

Linda Dunikoski, a prosecutor brought in from the Atlanta area, struck a careful tone in a case that many saw as an obvious act of racial violence.

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Jury in Kyle Rittenhouse Trial Has Deliberated for 23 Hours With No Verdict

The length of time spent suggests that the jurors may have clashed on the complex decisions they face. They were expected to resume deliberations on Friday morning.

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Nearly All-White Jury in Arbery Killing Draws Scrutiny

The guidelines that allowed the judge to seat a panel with one Black juror were meant to remove bias from the process but have come to be considered a failure by many legal scholars.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #discrimination, #glynn-county-ga, #jury-system, #race-and-ethnicity

In Jury Selection for the Trial Over Ahmaud Arbery’s Killing, Only 1 Black Juror is Chosen

After a grueling selection process, opening statements in the case against three white men accused of chasing down and killing Mr. Arbery are expected to begin on Friday.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #brunswick-ga, #bryan-william-roddie, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #glynn-county-ga, #jury-system, #mcmichael-gregory-1955, #mcmichael-travis-1986

Only 1 Black Juror Chosen in Trial Over Ahmaud Arbery Case

After a grueling selection process, opening statements in the case against three white men accused of chasing down and killing Mr. Arbery are expected to begin on Friday.

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Jurors for Kyle Rittenhouse Trial Are Swiftly Selected

The judge pushed back against comments from potential jurors who said they had read and talked too much about the shootings that took place during unrest in Kenosha County, Wis.

#jury-system, #kenosha-wis, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #rittenhouse-kyle

Jurors Who Convicted Derek Chauvin Are Identified for First Time

A judge also released questionnaires that the jurors had filled out before they were selected for the trial, which ended with Mr. Chauvin being imprisoned for murdering George Floyd.

#chauvin-derek-1976, #floyd-george-d-2020, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #jury-system, #minneapolis-minn, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-minneapolis-minn

Jury Selection Begins in Trial Over Ahmaud Arbery’s Killing

Whether the three men accused in Mr. Arbery’s death were motived by racism will quite likely be a major theme in the case.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #brunswick-ga, #bryan-william-roddie, #hate-crimes, #jury-system, #mcmichael-gregory-1955, #mcmichael-travis-1986

Inside the Courtroom With Theranos’s Elizabeth Holmes

Behind the closed doors are whispers, gestures and a daily rhythm, plus two court artists, numbered tickets and some true-crime fans.

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Jury Selection in Jussie Smollett Case to Start in November

The actor is facing disorderly conduct charges related to accusations of lying to the police about a hate crime they say he staged.

#assaults, #chicago-ill, #foxx-kim, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #jury-system, #police-department-chicago-ill, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #smollett-jussie-1983, #special-prosecutors-independent-counsel, #television

Privacy Is Still a Victim When Rape Cases Hit the Justice System

Britain is struggling to end its dependence on the traumatizing seizure of data from victims’ phones. Pervasive rape culture is making it difficult.

#metoo-movement, #assaults, #cosby-bill, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #great-britain, #jury-system, #search-and-seizure, #sex-crimes, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #university-of-glasgow, #women-and-girls

I Write About the Law. But Could I Really Help Free a Prisoner?

For years as a journalist, I’ve covered attempts to exonerate incarcerated people. But a letter from Yutico Briley led to a different kind of story.

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Grand Jury Declines to Indict Officers in Death of Black Man Restrained in Jail

The death of Marvin Scott III, who died after being pepper-sprayed and placed in a spit hood, prompted weeks of protests in front of the jail in Collin County, Texas.

#black-people, #collin-county-tex, #criminal-justice, #decisions-and-verdicts, #jury-system, #mental-health-and-disorders, #scott-marvin-d-iii-1995-2021

How a Secretive Legal Process Protects Police From Charges

Grand jury minutes in the investigation into Daniel Prude’s death reveal the many ways the criminal justice system struggles when prosecuting the police.

#attorneys-general, #black-lives-matter-movement, #criminal-justice, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #james-letitia, #jury-system, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-rochester-ny, #prude-daniel-d-2020, #rochester-ny

Court Overturns Fraud Conviction of Corrine Brown, Ex-U.S. Representative

Corrine Brown, a Florida Democrat who served more than two years in prison after being found guilty of running a sham charity, was granted a new trial by a federal appeals court.

#appeals-courts-us, #brown-corrine, #democratic-party, #florida, #frauds-and-swindling, #house-of-representatives, #jacksonville-fla, #jury-system, #philanthropy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Inside the Chauvin Jury Room: 11 of 12 Jurors Were Ready to Convict Right Away

One juror described the seven hours of closed-door deliberations that led to Derek Chauvin’s murder conviction.

#chauvin-derek-1976, #floyd-george-d-2020, #jury-system, #minneapolis-minn, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

Jury Duty Is Back, and It Looks Very Different

With reconfigured courtrooms and new uses of technology, New York’s court systems have geared up to clear a looming backlog of cases.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #jury-system, #manhattan-nyc, #new-york-state

Twelve Jurors Seated in Chauvin Case

The court has selected 12 jurors in the case of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer accused of murder in the death of George Floyd. Opening statements are scheduled for March 29.

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Two Jurors Removed From Chauvin Trial, Prejudiced by Civil Payout to Floyd Family

News that the City of Minneapolis had agreed to pay $27 million to the family of George Floyd made it hard for them to be impartial about the former police officer accused of killing him, the jurors said.

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‘Nobody Wants to Be There, Dude’: How a Juror’s Podcast Led to an Appeal

A federal judge warned a jury not to talk to anyone about the case. One juror had an online comedy show.

#ethics-and-official-misconduct, #jury-system, #koeltl-john-g, #letizia-jake, #manhattan-nyc, #podcasts

Book Review: ‘Terror to the Wicked,’ by Tobey Pearl

Tobey Pearl’s “Terror to the Wicked” describes a 1638 trial in which three colonists were convicted and executed for murdering a Native American.

#books-and-literature, #jury-system, #massachusetts, #native-americans, #pearl-tobey, #pilgrims-plymouth-mass, #terror-to-the-wicked-americas-first-trial-by-jury-that-ended-a-war-and-helped-to-form-a-nation-book

Derek Chauvin Trial: Five Jurors Are Quickly Chosen

The quick pace of juror selection and an awaited ruling from the State Supreme Court means opening statements in Derek Chauvin’s trial are likely to begin on March 29 as scheduled.

#chauvin-derek-1976, #floyd-george-d-2020, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #jury-system, #police-department-minneapolis-minn

Derek Chauvin Trial: The Search for an Impartial Jury

Jury selection is scheduled to begin on Monday in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer charged in connection with Mr. Floyd’s death.

#chauvin-derek-1976, #floyd-george-d-2020, #jury-system, #minneapolis-minn, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-minneapolis-minn

What Are the Questions for Potential Jurors in the Derek Chauvin Trial?

A jury questionnaire shows what each side may be looking for as jury selection begins next week. Our reporters analyzed some of the questions.

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First Challenge in George Floyd Murder Trial: Finding an Impartial Jury

Jury selection is scheduled to begin on Monday in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer charged in connection with Mr. Floyd’s death.

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I Don’t Trust Police Testimony. Can I Lie to Get on a Jury?

The magazine’s Ethicist columnist on how far one should go to participate in the judicial process.

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Only 9 Trials in 9 Months: Virus Wreaks Havoc on N.Y.C. Courts

The coronavirus has upended criminal trials in the city, infiltrating courtrooms in ways that threaten both health and justice.

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Breonna Taylor Grand Juror Says Homicide Charges Were Not Presented

A judge gave grand jurors in the case permission to speak publicly, a rare move that immediately led one juror to speak out.

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Scott Peterson’s Murder Convictions to Be Re-examined, Court Orders

The move comes two months after the California Supreme Court overturned a sentence of death for his 2004 convictions.

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20 Hours of Audio From Breonna Taylor Grand Jury Are Set to Be Made Public

The rare release of audio from grand jury proceedings is expected to happen on Friday morning and may shed light on the jurors’ decision to indict one of three officers who fired their weapons.

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2-Day Delay Granted in Release of Breonna Taylor Grand Jury Recording

The tape was to be released on Wednesday, but Daniel Cameron, the Kentucky attorney general, said he needed more time to redact information about witnesses.

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In the Breonna Taylor Case, a Battle of Blame Over the Grand Jury

In theory, jurors have broad powers to investigate, subpoena witnesses and bring charges, legal experts said. But in practice, prosecutors control the process and are rarely challenged.

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Grand Jury Deliberations in Breonna Taylor Case Will Be Released

The Kentucky attorney general’s office said it would release the panel’s recordings after a grand juror contended in a court filing that its discussions were inaccurately characterized.

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Scott Peterson’s Death Sentence Is Overturned

The California Supreme Court upheld Mr. Peterson’s 2004 conviction for killing his wife, Laci Peterson, but it said the judge’s mistakes had denied him an impartial jury during sentencing.

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N.Y.’s Legal Limbo: Pandemic Creates Backlog of 39,200 Criminal Cases

A justice system based on face-to-face meetings has been limping along with virtual hearings, but officials are struggling with how to restart trials and grand jury proceedings.

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