Monday, April 29, 2013
John Liu's Aides Politics of Picking Jurors Reflect how People View Political Corruption?
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"One Manhattan resident who worked for a nonprofit agency said she thought she could be fair and impartial, but contended that the billions of dollars spent on the recent presidential race had been “an atrocity.”
Prosecutors used a challenge to remove her from the pool, without giving a reason.
A software engineer from Westchester County said he believed that money spent on the political system “was drowning out the issues.”
But he said he did not believe that would affect his ability to be fair and impartial. “I don’t see this as really a campaign financing issue so much as, ‘Did they break the law?’ ” he said. “I think I can separate it based on that.”
He was removed by the defense, also without explanation.
The final seven-woman, five-man jury appears to be diverse racially and ethnically (although Mr. Lefcourt has said that its lack of Asians concerned him). Five jurors are from Manhattan, four are from the Bronx and three are from Westchester and Rockland Counties. The jurors include an intensive-care-unit nurse, a department store executive, a man who works in construction, a museum worker, and a man who said he delivered newspapers, among other jobs. Two jurors are retired.
One Bronx woman, a research librarian at a law firm, was not challenged by either side despite holding strong views about the influence of lobbyists and political action committees, which she said sometimes made it hard for elected officials “to be completely independent in their thinking.”
Would she hold that against the defendants, the judge asked, “because they were involved in a process that involved raising money for candidates?”
“No,” she said. “The process is legal. Whether I like it or not doesn’t matter.”
The judge pressed her further: Would she want to “send a message through this verdict?”
“No,” she replied. She said that the issue was whether the defendants “were following the letter of the law, and if they were, then that is fine.” If she disliked the process and wanted to “change matters,” she added, “it is up to me to do something when I vote” in elections.
“But not in court,” she said. “That’s not the way to do it.”"
Posted by Suzannah B. Troy artist at 4/29/2013 08:07:00 AM