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January 22, 2013 | By Corina Knoll, Los Angeles Times
A lingering venom spilled out on questionnaires given to potential jurors for the trial of six former Bell city leaders charged with raiding the treasury in the small, working-class town. "My mind is made up, I can't be impartial. I'm disgusted by the behavior," wrote one juror, who was excused Tuesday by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge. Another potential juror described being "riveted and repulsed by the greed and audacity" and had a "negative description of the case from news reporting.
February 10, 1991
There is a fundamental reason why jurors are poorly treated (Times, Feb. 3): They are inexpensive! Jurors get paid just $5 per day. The main problem with such low pay is that it devalues jurors' time and dignity. It encourages the court to treat jurors shabbily, like a low-value commodity. A lawyer makes more in an hour than a jury of 12 people makes in a day. Years ago, when jurors were paid $10 a day (probably equivalent to $25 today), the entire system seemed to move faster.
January 31, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
Prosecutors in the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse case asked Tuesday to have jurors brought in from another Pennsylvania county, a day after disclosing in court records they would tell the former Penn State assistant coach the names of his 10 alleged victims. The attorney general's office argued in a court motion that pretrial publicity and Penn State's prominent role in its local community mean Sandusky's criminal trial warrant the use of jurors from outside the State College area.
May 2, 2013 | By Ted Rall
Legislation approved by the Assembly would make California the first state to allow noncitizens to serve on juries. Naturally, the courts would have to make certain adjustments. ALSO: The power of jury duty Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons Kenny Smith schools Chris Broussard on inclusiveness Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall
December 20, 1986
On Dec. 11 I received a jury summons to appear for jury duty on Dec. 22. I cannot understand why prospective jurors are being contacted only 10 days before they are required to serve. The policy is totally uncalled for and disrespectful of others' personal lives. It is an even greater violation when that notice arrives just before the holidays. It places an added burden on employers who have staffs at bare minimum to allow for vacations. I think it is a reflection of poor planning/management that the need for jurors cannot be anticipated more in advance so that prospective jurors and their employers could be given a month to two months notice.
December 8, 1998
On Dec. 2, I received a jury summons to the Santa Monica court-house for today. I will go and sit in the courthouse, waiting for the unlikely chance that I will be called. I will not be going because of the widely advertised fines; I will not be going because of the legal threats that the court can impose; the $5-per-day compensation will not affect my decision. I will be going because I respect the principle of trial by jury. Why then, can't the court offer more respect to me as a juror?
A jury deliberating the fate of three people convicted in the slaying of a Yorba Linda teenager told the judge Thursday that they are deadlocked on whether to recommend the death penalty. Jurors sent a statement to Superior Court Judge Dewey Falcone after spending eight days weighing evidence in the murder of Chad MacDonald, a Brea police informant whose slaying prompted a state law restricting the use of youths in undercover police work. "It appears that we have an impasse," the statement said.
April 17, 2007 | Vanessa Blum, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
The toughest questions were about Islam. Did potential jurors view it as a violent religion? Did they think Muslims were more prone to commit crimes? Could potential jurors distinguish between religious devotion and support for terrorism? U.S. District Judge Marcia G. Cooke's probing questions came on the first day of jury selection in the trial of accused Al Qaeda operative Jose Padilla. They were meant to ensure that jurors reach a verdict based on evidence, not biases or stereotypes.
July 17, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
How do you guarantee a fair jury for one of the most talked-about criminal trials in the country? You lock 'em up, of course. The six female jurors chosen to decide whether George Zimmerman would go free or head to prison spent 22 nights in plush detention as they weighed his case -- squirreled away from the public and sequestered in a hotel by deputies so they wouldn't be tainted by media coverage and loose talk of the case. And according to new details released by the Seminole County Sheriff's Office, that bit of judicial precaution didn't come cheap: It cost $33,000 to feed, house and entertain the six jurors when they weren't in the county courthouse.
June 10, 2002 | Associated Press
Juors deliberating the fate of Arthur Andersen on charges of obstruction of justice will resume this morning in Houston after meeting over the weekend without reaching a verdict. The nine-man, three-woman jury, which is being sequestered, has been deliberating since Thursday. They met on Saturday and on Sunday at the federal courthouse. At one point Sunday they asked for a dictionary. U.S.
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