"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Friday, May 19, 2006

Prosecutor's tip: be aware that some warmed-over 60's baby-boomer types are advocating trying to mislead you into allowing them onto your capital jury by fudging the answers to your voir dire questions on ability to impose the death penalty.

This clown also argues that if he can't mislead the court into being selected for jury duty, he'll try to infect the venire panel by making an anti-death penalty speech. I hope that if and when he does it, he not only gets charged with contempt, but is compelled to pay the costs for that jury venire which will have to be excused from duty.

HT: Capital Defense Weekly.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Standing up for your convictions in a peaceful way, as Mr. Brown is suggesting doing, is thoroughly American. Or shall I say Thoreau-ly? Civil Disobedience is something we should all do a little more of.
Bravo Mr. Brown.

Anonymous said...

Tom, Now I am genuinely curious. When asking a potential juror questions about his “feelings” how can you really prove one way or the other that he is fudging.

I am sure that if you ever did a death penalty trial, you would try really hard to find jurors who are trigger-happy, and would minimize all mitigating factors, and do their very best to convict. But, how can you tell the difference between someone that actually analyzes the evidence, and comes to a reasoned conclusion v. someone who was predestine to come to that conclusion, anyway?

Prosecutors seem to be whining an awful lot these days. First there is the CSI effect. Now they are claiming that jurors already decided an issue against them.

You are lawyers. If you can’t convince people of something, you failed.