jury http://michiganradio.org en Commentary: Grand Jury Investigation http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-grand-jury-investigation <p>Yesterday should have been a day of ultimate triumph for Michigan Republicans. Mitt Romney became the first native Detroiter in history to be nominated for President of the United States.</p><p>His wife Ann, another native Michigander, gave a very moving&nbsp; nationally televised speech to the Republican National Convention, and celebration should have been the word of the day.</p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 13:24:14 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 8863 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Grand Jury Investigation Kilpatrick case jurors' identities will be kept from public http://michiganradio.org/post/kilpatrick-case-jurors-identities-will-be-kept-public <p>A judge says the names and hometowns of jurors will only be known by lawyers in the upcoming corruption trial of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.<br /><br />Federal Judge Nancy Edmunds says she&#39;s concerned about the privacy of jurors. At a hearing today, she said jurors will be identified in court by a number in place of their names to everyone except the lawyers.</p> Mon, 06 Aug 2012 18:05:00 +0000 The Associated Press & Michigan Radio Newsroom 8558 at http://michiganradio.org Kilpatrick case jurors' identities will be kept from public Computer glitch leads to challenge before Michigan Supreme Court http://michiganradio.org/post/computer-glitch-leads-challenge-michigan-supreme-court <p>The Michigan Supreme Court will hear a case tomorrow where an African-American man claims he was denied a fair trial because of a computer error. The error caused fewer jury notices to go to households in African-American neighborhoods. &nbsp;</p><p>Ramon Bryant is challenging his convictions on charges of criminal sexual conduct, stealing $90, and possession of marijuana. Bryant says he was denied a trial before a jury of his peers that is guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment.</p><p>The question is whether the unintentional exclusion of African-Americans from the jury pool entitles Bryant to a new trial with a new jury. A computer error caused fewer jury notices to be sent to ZIP codes&nbsp;in Kent County with higher minority populations.</p><p>Bradley Hall is with the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan. He says&nbsp;the law requires juries be a &ldquo;fair cross-section&rdquo; of the community.</p><p>&quot;Excluding of a minority population from jury service does not create a fair and reasonable representation of the community,&quot; said Hall. &ldquo;&quot;So it sort of happened by happenstance but there&#39;s no question it&#39;s systematic.&quot;<br /><br /> The prosecutor argues the mistake was accidental, and&nbsp;that&nbsp;there are other explanations as to why so few African Americans reported for jury duty.</p><p>Michigan&#39;s Attorney General says Bryant&#39;s conviction should stand. The AG&#39;s office contends the jury chosen made its decision based on the evidence. Mon, 05 Dec 2011 21:31:01 +0000 Rick Pluta & Steve Carmody 5255 at http://michiganradio.org Computer glitch leads to challenge before Michigan Supreme Court Casey Anthony Verdict: Rushing to Judgement http://michiganradio.org/post/casey-anthony-verdict-rushing-judgement <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-976302.mp3</p><p>Last night I was filling up my car in western Wayne County, when a woman next to me, a perfect stranger, said &ldquo;Isn&rsquo;t it horrible?&rdquo;&nbsp; I thought she meant the price of gas.</p><p>But no. She meant the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/07/06/137646057/jurors-thinking-in-casey-anthony-trial-starts-to-emerge">verdict in the Casey Anthony trial</a>. &ldquo;Can you believe it?&quot;</p><p>I thought of sincerely telling her that I wasn&rsquo;t surprised at all. Of telling her that what happens during a full-length trial in a courtroom is often far different than what you see on TV.</p><p>Additionally, our system - though not our media - still operate under something called the presumption of innocence. This means, in criminal trials, that your guilt has to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, and there seemed to be plenty of that here.</p><p>I also was tempted to suggest that she get a life, and become interested and involved in things that mattered to her family, community and state which she actually could do something about.</p><p>But of course I did none of that, mostly because I didn&#39;t want to get into a fight. So I merely mumbled that I hadn&rsquo;t really followed the trial much, which also happens to be true.</p><p>I haven&rsquo;t followed it, except to the extent that it was unavoidable. I usually watch CNN for a few minutes in the morning, a network which lately seems to be all Casey Anthony, all the time. If you are trying to discover proof that a large country named Russia actually still existed, you&rsquo;d be out of luck here. Wed, 06 Jul 2011 15:23:50 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 3165 at http://michiganradio.org Casey Anthony Verdict: Rushing to Judgement The rules are changing on how to be a juror in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/rules-are-changing-how-be-juror-michigan <p>Beginning this fall, people serving on Michigan juries will be allowed to play a more active role in the pursuit of justice.&nbsp;&nbsp; The <a href="http://courts.michigan.gov/supremecourt/#">Michigan Supreme Court</a> announced today&nbsp;that it is revising the rules for people serving as jurors.</p> Wed, 29 Jun 2011 15:04:11 +0000 Steve Carmody 3070 at http://michiganradio.org The rules are changing on how to be a juror in Michigan Juror posts "guilty" on Facebook before trial ends http://michiganradio.org/post/juror-posts-guilty-facebook-trial-ends <p>You're supposed to keep an open mind when sitting as a juror in a trial. If you can't, it's definitely not a good idea to broadcast your prejudices about a case on the web. </p><p><a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20100902/NEWS04/100902016/1001/NEWS/Ex-juror-Very-sorry-for-verdict-Facebook-post-">The Detroit Free Press reports</a> that Hadley Jons, while sitting on a jury in a resisting arrest case &quot;wrote on Facebook that it was 'gonna be fun to tell the defendant they're GUILTY.'&quot;</p> Thu, 02 Sep 2010 15:42:44 +0000 Mark Brush 51 at http://michiganradio.org Juror posts "guilty" on Facebook before trial ends