Au Pair Trial

John Bush jbush at POST.CIS.SMU.EDU
Wed Nov 19 05:05:01 MST 1997

On Tue, 18 Nov 1997, PapaPaul wrote:

> Date:    Tue, 18 Nov 1997 02:02:54 -0800
> From:    PapaPaul <febboy at IX.NETCOM.COM>
> Subject: Re: Au Pair Trial
> At 07:22 AM 11/17/97 -0800, Jack Tomsky wrote:
> >During trials in which there is a great deal of publicity, the jury
> >is often sequestered. They are kept
> >          as prisoners in a hotel and aren't allowed to read the
> >newspapers or watch television, except in
> >          censored form. I think the judge was highly influenced by
> >public opinion. Maybe he should have
> >          sequestered himself.
>         I like what you say, Jack.  I like it a lot.
>         What is the rationale they now use for not
>         sequestering themselves?  That they are far
>         superior to us common folk and therefore immune
>         to influence?
I don't think this is generally a problem.  However, I don't believe
too many murder convictions get overturned by judicial fiat either.
This case may be a good example to sequester the judge as well.

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