Fight may influence jury

August 26, 2008
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Here’s something that doesn’t happen every day – a manslaughter trial is postponed due to fighting between the accused and the victim’s families.

In what sounds like something that would only happen in a television legal drama, the families got into a physical fight in the Allen County Courthouse. Apparently, the commotion was so loud that potential jurors for the manslaughter trial could hear it, even though were two floors below the fight. How is this going to affect the upcoming trial, which has been postponed for five months as a result of the fight? Will the same prospective jurors still be considered or will the attorneys have to start from scratch now?

Imagine if that was your first experience with being considered for a jury! This will make most all other times you are called to serve seem mundane.

Here’s the kicker in the case – the four men involved in the fight were listed as potential witnesses. Don’t tell me that couldn’t influence a potential juror or two when they hear about who was involved in the fight and one of those men takes the stand.
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