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Sect Members to Be Tried for Trying to Expel 'Gay Demons'

Matthew Fenner says he was beaten for hours to expel his 'homosexual demons'

(Newser) - Trial may be imminent for members of a sect who've been accused of trying to beat "homosexual demons" out of a now-former member. Matthew Fenner says that he joined Word of Faith Fellowship in Spindale, NC, with his mother and brother in 2010, but that he fled on... More »

Bill Cosby's Jury Is Set

2 of the 12 jurors chosen are black

(Newser) - The jury that will hear the sex assault case against Bill Cosby will include two black members among its 12 members in a case Cosby believes could be racially motivated. Prosecutors and the defense team on Wednesday also chose six alternate jurors, two of them black. "It's a... More »

Cosby Lawyers Accuse Prosecutors of Racial Bias

11 jurors have been chosen

(Newser) - Bill Cosby's lawyers accused Pennsylvania prosecutors of trying to systematically keep black people off the jury Tuesday after prosecutors used their strikes to send two black women home, the AP reports. Judge Steven O'Neill rejected the argument after prosecutors said the second woman was a former Pittsburgh detective... More »

2 Cosby Jurors Know a Sexual Assault Victim

First 5 jurors have been chosen for June trial

(Newser) - The search for 12 jurors and six alternates for Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial is off to a brisk start even though a third of the initial jury pool had an opinion about Cosby's guilt or innocence and an equal number said they or someone close to them... More »

Monday Is a Big Day for Cosby

Jury selection begins

(Newser) - A crucial phase of comedian Bill Cosby's sex assault trial starts Monday when lawyers gather in Pittsburgh to pick the jury that will weigh his case. The jury must decide if the 79-year-old actor drugged and molested Temple University women's basketball team manager Andrea Constand at his home... More »

Baltimore on Edge as First Trial in Freddie Gray Case Begins

Every prospective juror for officer William Porter's trial knows about the case

(Newser) - Jury selection started Monday in the trial of William Porter, one of six Baltimore cops charged in the death of Freddie Gray , and potential jurors had one thing in common: They had all heard of the 25-year-old Gray, the $6.4 million settlement paid by the city to his family,... More »

Court: Gays Can't Be Excluded From Juries

Ruling extends legal protection for gays, lesbians

(Newser) - Another big step forward for gay rights: A federal appeals court has ruled that keeping gays and lesbians off juries because of their sexual orientation is just as unconstitutional as excluding women or minorities, reports the San Jose Mercury News . The ruling came in connection with a legal battle between... More »

George Zimmerman Will Have All-Female Jury

Five of six are white, and the other is Hispanic

(Newser) - George Zimmerman's six-person jury is finally in place, and two things stand out: All six are women, and none of them are black. Five of the jurors are white, and one is Hispanic, reports the Orlando Sentinel . It says all but one are middle-aged or older. Alternates are still... More »

Court Orders No-Show Juror to Hold Sign

'I failed to appear for jury duty,' it reads

(Newser) - A 22-year-old Indiana man skipped out on jury duty last month, and everyone who came to the courthouse this morning knows it: As punishment for leaving jury selection early on Dec. 5 without permission, the unnamed man was ordered by a judge to carry a sign reading "I failed... More »

Lawyers Use Facebook to Pick Jurors

They vet candidates based on their likes and dislikes online

(Newser) - Here's the latest way Facebook is changing life as we know it: Lawyers snooping for extra information on potential jurors have been looking them up on the site, the Wall Street Journal reports. "It's a waterfall of information, compared to the pinhole view you used to get," says... More »

Blacks Regularly Excluded From Southern Juries

All-white juries in majority black counties

(Newser) - In the Deep South, DAs strike black college graduates from juries for "low intelligence," black 28-year-olds for being "too young," and black 43-year-olds for being "too old." A new study by the non-profit Equal Justice Initiative finds that potential black jurors are routinely excluded... More »

Jurors Dodge Duty Amid Financial Fears

Citizens point to recession, unemployment in bid for dismissal

(Newser) - Jury duty has always been a pain, but the tough economy is prompting more and more Americans to ditch their civic responsibility, the New York Times reports. While exact figures aren’t available, officials report that jurors increasingly cite financial worries in bids to get out of duty. “I... More »

'Rockefeller' Trial Sparks Identity Crisis

Defendant's name(s) at issue as jury readies for kidnapping case

(Newser) - A Boston court saw the selection yesterday of 11 of the 16 jurors needed to begin the trial of Clark Rockefeller. Or of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter. Or of "the defendant," as the judge calls him. The mystery man is on trial for kidnapping his daughter, and because he's... More »

'Rockefeller' Jury Selection Begins

Gerhartsreiter to be called only 'the defendant' at trial

(Newser) - Jury selection has started in the kidnapping trial of a German man long called Clark Rockefeller, the Boston Herald reports. But he won’t be going by that name in the trial—in fact, most won’t call him anything but “the defendant.” He was indicted as Christian... More »

Astor Trial Crawls as Lawyers Squabble

Would-be jurors plan for 3-month commitment

(Newser) - As the second week of jury selection in the Brooke Astor trial began today, with potential jurors being asked if they can sit still for a 3-month trial, the judge upbraided the lawyers for bickering and grandstanding as if they never wanted it to end, the New York Times reports.... More »

Supreme Court Won't Hear Mumia's Appeal

Abu-Jamal says was convicted by biased jury in 1981 cop death

(Newser) - Mumia Abu-Jamal has lost his bid for a new trial in the 1981 killing of a police officer, the AP reports. The Supreme Court said today it won’t take up Abu-Jamal's claims that prosecutors improperly excluded blacks from the jury that convicted him of murdering a Philadelphia policeman. The... More »

Astor Case Jury Selection a Quiz Show

Son charged with stealing from socialite gets hostile welcome

(Newser) - The trial of Brooke Astor’s son is becoming something of a circus—and it hasn't even started. In the courtroom, Anthony Marshall's lawyers are using a lengthy questionnaire to screen potential jurors who will determine whether he exploited his socialite mother's deteriorating mental and physical condition, the New York ... More »

'Baby Grace' Jury Selection Set to Start

Outpouring of community sympathy could complicate process

(Newser) - Jury selection is set to begin tomorrow for the capital murder trial of 20-year-old Kimberly Dawn Trenor, accused—along with husband Royce Clyde Zeigler II—of beating her 2-year-old daughter Riley Ann Sawyers to death in July 2007. After volunteer searchers helped in the agonizing investigation, some fear that community... More »

Jurors: Secret Tapes Sank OJ

Recordings helped prosecution overcome unreliable witnesses, they say

(Newser) - It was OJ Simpson’s own words—caught on secret recording—that sealed his fate, jurors told the media yesterday. The defense succeeded in discrediting the prosecution’s witnesses, they said, but the tapes, on which Simpson can be heard planning and carrying out the robbery, were key in their... More »

Jury Selection Turns to Facebook, Blogs, Data

Experts mine online profiles for background on jurors' views

(Newser) - Get called for jury duty these days, and you can expect attorneys to know a lot more about you than they let on. Trial consultants who used to specialize in legwork—visiting neighbors and friends to gather clues to potential jurors' views—are now expert Web surfers, tracing things like... More »

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