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Fulton County Sheriff Steps In Over Threats to Trump Jurors

Investigation is underway after threats directed toward members of grand jury popped up online

(Newser) - Earlier this week, reports emerged that threats were being directed online toward members of the Georgia grand jury who opted to indict former President Donald Trump and 18 others over attempts to overturn the 2020 election. Now, the Fulton County Sheriff's Office is stepping in and launching an investigation...

Potential Young Thug Juror Is About to Get Writer's Cramp
Woman Finds Out Why You
Shouldn't Skip Jury Duty
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Woman Finds Out Why You Shouldn't Skip Jury Duty

Potential juror in Young Thug trial ordered by judge to write 30-page essay, with 20 sources

(Newser) - A potential juror in Young Thug's trial who skipped the start of jury selection could've been held in contempt of court and faced a fine, jail time, or both. Instead, a judge in Fulton County, Georgia, came up with a much more old-school, Bart Simpson-like solution: have the...

Harvey Weinstein Jurors in 8th Day of Deliberations

Los Angeles panel back at it Tuesday on accusations he sexually assaulted 4 women

(Newser) - Jurors in the latest Harvey Weinstein trial will resume deliberations for an eighth day on Tuesday. The panel already has met for about 28 hours over seven days, reports CNN . Nobody is speculating whether the prolonged deliberations might be good or bad news for the disgraced movie mogul. This case...

Judge: In 35 Years, I've Never Seen This in Court

Juror in Gov. Whitmer kidnap trial dismissed for apparently flirting with one of the defendants

(Newser) - A judge has dismissed a young woman from the jury hearing the trial of three men in connection with a 2020 plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer after attorneys accused her of flirting with one of the defendants, per the AP . Judge Thomas Wilson announced Friday that the woman...

'Crime May Have Been Committed' in Cruz Jury Room

Prosecutors request investigation after juror describes possible threat

(Newser) - Hours after a jury recommended life in prison for the school shooter in the 2018 massacre in Parkland, Fla., prosecutors requested an investigation into the deliberations and asserted that "a crime may have been committed." One juror has claimed she felt threatened by another juror during discussions, according...

Jurors Head to Bloodstained Parkland School Building

They'll travel there Thursday under heavy security

(Newser) - Jurors in the trial of Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz are expected to walk through the still blood-spattered rooms of Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Thursday in a visit to the three-story building where he murdered 14 students and three staff members four years ago. The seven-man,...

It's the Deadliest US Mass Shooting to Go to Trial

Jury selection begins in Parkland case to determine whether Nikolas Cruz will be executed

(Newser) - Jury selection in the deadliest US mass shooting ever to go to trial begins Monday, with the panel chosen to determine whether Nikolas Cruz will be put to death for murdering 17 students and staff members at a high school in Parkland, Fla. Court officials say 1,500 candidates or...

Ghislaine Maxwell Juror Admits 'Mistake' in Screening
Judge Rejects New Trial
for Ghislaine Maxwell

Judge Rejects New Trial for Ghislaine Maxwell

Defense argued the guilty verdict was tainted by the presence of a juror who had been abused

(Newser) - Update: Ghislaine Maxwell's bid for a new trial was rejected Friday, when a federal judge ruled that a juror she argued tainted the conviction was not biased. The juror said he hurried through a questionnaire, giving the wrong answer on whether he had ever been sexually abused. "Even...

Scott Peterson Juror: I Didn't Lie to Get on Jury

Richelle Nice testified she wasn't biased

(Newser) - Scott Peterson is pinning his hopes for a new trial in the 2002 murders of his pregnant wife and unborn son on "Strawberry Shortcake," the juror who was given that name due to the appearance of her hair during the trial. The Mercury News reports on the testimony...

Maxwell Jurors' Remarks Could Be 'Huge Blow' to Prosecution
Maxwell Requests Retrial,
Citing 'Juror No. 50'

Maxwell Requests Retrial, Citing 'Juror No. 50'

If a juror lied on questionnaire about past sexual abuse, it could be a factor

(Newser) - Update: Ghislaine Maxwell has requested a retrial following her conviction for crimes including sex trafficking of a minor . The request was made Thursday by a lawyer who requested that all submissions related to "Juror No. 50 remain under seal until the court rules," per the CBC . Two jurors...

Juror Says It Was 'Tough to Convict' the 'Likable' Holmes

Still, juror No. 6 Wayne Kaatz says he and his peers didn't find Theranos founder very credible

(Newser) - On Monday, the jury in the Elizabeth Holmes trial handed down guilty verdicts on four of the fraud and conspiracy charges against the Theranos founder, though it was a "tough" process, one of the jurors now reveals. Wayne Kaatz, aka Juror No. 6, tells ABC News that he and...

After 43 Hours of Deliberations, Holmes Jury Is Back at It
Holmes Jury Says It Is
Deadlocked on 3 Counts

Holmes Jury Says It Is Deadlocked on 3 Counts

Judge tells them to keep deliberating

(Newser) - Update: The jury in the Elizabeth Holmes case was sent back to the deliberation room Monday after they told the judge they were deadlocked on three of the 11 fraud counts against the former Theranos CEO. The jurors—who began deliberations before Christmas—didn't say which of the counts...

Judge Locks MSNBC Out of Kenosha Courthouse

Freelancer may have been following jury's van

(Newser) - While the jury in the Kyle Rittenhouse homicide trial is deliberating, the judge decided to bar MSNBC crews from the Wisconsin courthouse. The order followed reports that a network freelancer may have been following a bus carrying jurors, Fox News reports. Judge Bruce Schroeder said Thursday that the freelancer was...

Picture of Chauvin Juror Raises Questions on Impartiality

Facebook post showing Brandon Mitchell in BLM T-shirt at DC march last August could affect appeal

(Newser) - A photo has emerged of one of the jurors in the Derek Chauvin murder trial, and it's raising questions that could affect Chauvin's appeal. Brandon Mitchell, who served on the jury that convicted the former Minneapolis police officer in the death of George Floyd, says he went to...

Chauvin Juror: Here's Why It Took Us as Long as It Did

Brandon Mitchell says most of the deliberation time was spent going over terminology

(Newser) - A juror who cast one of the unanimous votes to convict a white former Minneapolis police officer of killing George Floyd said deliberations were primarily spent trying to convince one person who was uncertain about part of the jury instructions. Brandon Mitchell is the first juror that deliberated in Derek...

Now a Thing: Jury Trial... via Zoom
Now a Thing:
Jury Trial via Zoom

Now a Thing: Jury Trial via Zoom

Texas tries it out for what's believed to be the first time

(Newser) - For what officials believe is the first time since the US went into coronavirus lockdown, a virtual jury trial was held Monday. Lawyers in Texas' Collin County selected a jury from among the more than two dozen potential jurors who logged in to the videoconference, Reuters reports. They then served...

#MeToo Didn't Affect Trial, Weinstein Juror Says

Unsealed documents show judge wouldn't kick foreman out for smiling at prosecutor

(Newser) - The jury that convicted Harvey Weinstein of rape and sex assault did not consider the trial's implications for the #MeToo movement, one of the jurors said in an interview aired Friday. "No, zero, absolutely zero," juror Drew Malbin said on CBS This Morning. "Because it’s...

CIA Dosed Whitey Bulger With LSD More Than 50 Times

One of his jurors says she now regrets convicting him for murder

(Newser) - The notorious crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger terrorized Boston from the 1970s into the 1990s with a campaign of murder, extortion, and drug trafficking, then spent 16 years on the lam before being captured. In 2013, Janet Uhlar was one of 12 jurors who found Bulger guilty in a...

Jurors Get an Eyeful: Nude Pictures of Weinstein

It's not clear why photos taken by Manhattan DA's office were passed around

(Newser) - Harvey Weinstein's rape trial took what the New York Post calls a "cringeworthy" turn on Tuesday, with jurors being shown at least five nude photos of the 67-year-old disgraced film producer, including one full-frontal shot. Per Reuters , a photographer for the Manhattan DA's office testified he took...

Judge Claimed Jury Was Wrong—Because God Said So

Judge Jack Robison given public warning in Texas

(Newser) - Told jurors had found a woman guilty of continuous sex trafficking and the sale or purchase of a child, a Texas judge demanded they keep deliberating because God had assured him the defendant was innocent. Comal County District Court Judge Jack Robison received a public warning after claiming on Jan....

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