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June 5, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Eight of 16 jurors and alternates have been selected in the child sex-abuse trial of former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, officials said Tuesday afternoon. Sandusky, 68, is charged with 52 counts of abusing 10 boys over 15 years. The boys came from a charity Sandusky founded and some of the abuse is alleged to have taken place at Penn State. Tuesday was the first day of jury selection.  Twelve jurors and four alternates will be chosen, meaning officials are halfway to their goal.
May 22, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Digging deeper in his never-ending war on everyone, Joe Francis has now suggested that the jurors in his recent trial be shot by firing squad. The founder of the soft-porn "Girls Gone Wild" video empire was found guilty this month of imprisoning three women at his Bel-Air home. Francis did not like the verdict, as became clear in a just-published interview with the Hollywood Reporter. "If that jury wants to convict me because I didn't show up [to court], which is the only reason why they did, then, you know, they should all be lined up and shot," Francis told the Reporter.
June 23, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson
As the verdict was read - guilty, guilty, guilty - Jerry Sandusky's emotionless expression was proof for jurors that they'd made the right decision. "The look on his face… no real emotion, just kind of accepting,” said juror Joshua Harper, a high school teacher in State College, Pa., in an interview with NBC . “You know, because he knew it was true.” Harper on Saturday morning became the first juror to speak publicly about the experience of the five men and seven women who effectively handed the 68-year-old former Penn State coach a sentence of life in prison.
January 3, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Jurors in the trial of two former Fullerton police officers accused of beating a mentally ill homeless man to death will probably be told to disregard the opinions of witnesses who said the two acted within department policy. The admonition is expected to be part of jury instructions that are still being negotiated by attorneys in the trial over the beating death of Kelly Thomas. “You are ordered to disregard those opinions,” a draft of the admonition says. “It is up to you to determine whether the defendants used excessive or unreasonable force based on all the evidence that has been presented in this trial but you may not consider evidence that has been stricken.” The probable instruction results from prosecutors' attempts to challenge the testimony of two witnesses who said defendants Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli acted, for the most part, within Fullerton Police Department policy.
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.
January 22, 2009 | Christine Hanley
Two jurors in the high-profile corruption trial of former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona complained to the judge during deliberations that they felt intimidated and pressured to side with the ex-lawman, according to interviews and jurors' notes unsealed Wednesday. The revelations provide a glimpse into the strained and sometimes awkward deliberations that unfolded inside the jury room before the panel returned its verdict Friday and acquitted Carona of five felonies.
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.
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.
November 4, 2011 | By Harriet Ryan and Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
It was the promise of a big celebrity trial with its alluring mix of Hollywood and death that ringed a downtown courthouse with camera crews. Citizens rose before dark for seats in the packed courtroom, where they heard intimate details of Michael Jackson's death, even viewing a photo of his body, laid out on a gurney in a hospital hallway. When the prosecutor and a defense attorney rose for their closing arguments Thursday, they dealt with that celebrity in starkly different ways.
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
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