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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  1. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  2. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

  3. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  4. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  5. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

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