It is easy to ‘cherry pick’ parts of any trial. Todays activities in the jury selection phase in the Casey Anthony trial is a great example. I won’t bother you with the details, you can find them here. Suffice it to say, Judge Perry is not going to take any ‘crap’. Mess with this judge, start reaching in your bank account!

The story of perspective juror Jonathan Greene has been splashed across the news. Mr. Greene has his 15 minutes of fame, but then it is over. Turning up in court in a T-shirt should have been a clue….

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What I found much more interesting was a short exchange by lead defense Jose Baez and Judge Perry over the ‘ethnic make-up’ of the jury pool.

In order to find the ‘ethnic mix’ Judge Perry offered to poll a local homeless shelter that had a high ethnic mix.
OK, I have to admit that I was laughing too hard to recall Jose Baez’s exact words, but he said YES.

He might have found some friendly jurors. I spent six years working with homeless people. Some merely need a ‘leg up’, others are looking for a ‘hand out’. Two months in a hotel, good food, and trips, who could turn it down? Even better you get paid $30 a day (paid weekly).  If the Judge has a problem, I have 1000 potential new jurors for him. Of course there may be a bit of a clothing issue, but it shouldn’t cost a lot, maybe Jose Baez, Cheney Mason and Jeff Ashton have some Suits, Shrts and Ties they no longer use?

Simon Barrett

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