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Trumpian Words From Shkreli as Jury Starts Deliberating

'Drain the swamp. Drain the sewer that is the DOJ. MAGA,' he wrote on Facebook

(Newser) - He's been painted as both "brilliant beyond words" and a conman during his securities fraud trial—and on Monday, the jury considering Martin Shkreli's case will start deliberations on whether "inmate" will be added to that list of descriptors, reports the Guardian . Closing arguments took place... More »

Supreme Court Makes Exception on Juror Secrecy

Ruling says deliberations can be disclosed if racial bias helped lead to conviction

(Newser) - Calling racial and ethnic bias "antithetical" to the way a US jury is supposed to work, the Supreme Court took exception Monday to the usual rule that jury deliberations be kept secret, the New York Times reports. The court's 5-3 ruling mandates that state and federal laws meant... More »

Jury Awards $25M More in Hulk Hogan Sex Tape Case

Florida jury piles on punitive damages

(Newser) - Awarding Hulk Hogan $115 million apparently wasn't enough. A Florida jury added an extra $25 million in punitive damages on Monday against Gawker Media, its founder, and its former top editor, for posting excerpts of a sex tape featuring the former pro wrestler, USA Today reports. "Just... 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 »

'Stressed Out' Juror Sends 'Highly Unusual' Note to Judge

In New York corruption trial, she asked to be sent home after 2 hours

(Newser) - In a move the New York Times calls "highly unusual," a "stressed out" juror sent a note to the judge asking if she could go home after less than two hours of deliberations. "I don’t feel like I can be myself right now!" the... More »

Etan Patz Jury Again Deadlocked After 3 Weeks

Judge: Keep deliberating

(Newser) - "We the jury would like the court to know that after serious significant and thorough deliberations we remain unable to reach a unanimous decision," reads the note from the jury in the Etan Patz case , admitting today that for a second time in nearly three weeks of deliberations... More »

Cailfornia May Allow Noncitizens to Sit on Juries

Supporters of law say it's about 'discrimination'

(Newser) - California has recently passed a number of new bills that would expand the rights of permanent noncitizens: allowing them to monitor polls during elections; making drivers licenses available to unauthorized immigrants; and allowing those who were brought illegally to the US to practice law. But the newly passed law that... More »

Zimmerman Jurors Got Mani-Pedis, Ate at Outback

Details from their 22-day, $33K sequestration

(Newser) - For 22 nights, they stayed at a Florida Marriott, ate hotel food and takeout lunches, and occasionally went out to Outback Steakhouse and other restaurants. They exercised at the hotel fitness center, went bowling, hit Ripley's Believe It Or Not!, saw two movies at the theater, enjoyed Fourth of... More »

Zimmerman Jury to Be Sequestered for Weeks

Lawyers warn candidates they'll be isolated from family, friends

(Newser) - As you know, dear Newserites, it can be hard to avoid the media furor over the George Zimmerman trial. You're failing to avoid it right now! Which is fine, because you're not on the jury. And lucky thing, too, because Judge Debra Nelson told jury candidates today that... More »

Abortion Doc Found Guilty of 3 Counts Murder

Now faces the death penalty

(Newser) - Abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell has been found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder for killing babies born alive during abortions by cutting their spinal cords, the Washington Post reports. He was also found guilty of 21 counts of performing abortions past 24 weeks of pregnancy, and the involuntary manslaughter... More »

Juror's Crush on Suspect May Have Caused a Mistrial

Bronx DA investigates allegations

(Newser) - A murder trial ended in a hung jury and mistrial—and it's all because one of the jurors was in love with the suspect, says the victim's mother. Now, the Bronx district attorney has launched an investigation into the relationship between former juror Katheryne Diop and Devon Thomas,... More »

Drew Peterson Finally on Trial in Wife's Death

3-year wait ends as 'very unusual' case begins today

(Newser) - A pool of 200 potential jurors has waited three years for the Drew Peterson murder trial to begin; today, jury selection will finally begin in what's set to be a rather unorthodox case. Those selected to hear the case will listen to what is, in effect, posthumous testimony based... More »

The Pulitzer Fiction Debacle: What Really Happened

Juror Michael Cunningham: how they picked those books

(Newser) - All three books were good, but none of them won the Pulitzer Prize. Fiction lovers know the story : David Foster Wallace's The Pale King, Denis Johnson’s Train Dreams, and Karen Russell's Swamplandia! were all rejected by this year's Pulitzer Prize Board. Now fiction juror Michael Cunningham... More »

Jerry Sandusky Jury Filled With Penn Staters

Seven of 12 jurors have ties to school

(Newser) - Whether it will help or hurt his cause is already up for debate, but this much is for sure: Jerry Sandusky's fate will be decided by a group of people with lots of ties to Penn State, reports USA Today . Among the 12 main jurors selected for Sandusky's... More »

John Edwards' Alternate Jurors Told to Stay Home

Day eight of deliberations wraps up with no end in sight

(Newser) - Jurors in the John Edwards' trial wrapped up their eighth day of deliberations today without a verdict. About the newsiest development is that the judge told the four alternate jurors, the ones who like to wear shirts of matching colors, that they no longer have to report to the courtroom,... 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 »

'Jury Nullification' Can Help the Fight for Legal Pot

Jurors can acquit guilty people under obscure principle: law professor

(Newser) - Proponents of legal marijuana should tuck this one away: A law professor argues that jurors should acquit people accused of possessing or selling pot even if the evidence against them is clear. The principle is called jury nullification, writes Paul Butler in the New York Times . Essentially, jurors have the... More »

Death Row Inmate Gets New Trial Because of Twitter

Juror tweeted throughout trial, raising risk of prejudice: Arkansas Supreme Court

(Newser) - A mere 140 characters has led to quite the mess in Arkansas. The state's Supreme Court ruled yesterday that a 26-year-old death row inmate receive a new trial because a juror tweeted throughout his first one. Though a lower court found Erickson Dimas-Martinez "suffered no prejudice," an... More »

Florida Releases Names of Casey Anthony Jurors

Judge waited three months for tempers to settle

(Newser) - The jurors who cleared Casey Anthony of murder now might have to explain the verdict to their neighbors. Florida today released the jurors' identities, reports the Orlando Sentinel . Normally, the names are made public immediately after a trial, but the judge ordered a three-month delay given the public outrage over... More »

How American Justice Went Wrong

Lack of jury trials at heart of the problem: Harvard law prof

(Newser) - The American criminal justice system is collapsing, right? So says Harvard law professor William J. Stuntz in a new book excerpted in Salon . His evidence: a soaring prison population, high murder rates, and whites who avoid prison while blacks serve time. The problem: too much power in the hands of... More »

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