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How safe will the jurors be?

Thanks to the admin of idiots, 12 private citizens (plus alternates) will be forced to sit on the jury of the 9/11 attackers. Seriously doubt guilty or innocent will be a question, but the penalty phase will. If they vote death, they risk other extremists tracking them or their families down to punish them. If they vote life, they risk patriotic extremists tracking them or their families down to punish them. Will they be providing protection for the jurors after the trial? And if so, for how long?

 
NotPanicking

Asked by NotPanicking at 3:33 PM on Nov. 24, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I don't think its right to put private citizens lives and their families in danger.
    pnwmom

    Answer by pnwmom at 3:55 PM on Nov. 24, 2009

  • Voir dire will be a tough situation this time. BUT...a jury can only recommend. It's the JUDGE who makes the actual decision,. and the judge need not listen to the jury.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 3:36 PM on Nov. 24, 2009

  • The terrorists likely want to die for their crimes. I don't think that is as much of a concern. They want a trial for the publicity, not the outcome. Remember, in their twisted mind, if they die for this their reward is bigger.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 3:54 PM on Nov. 24, 2009

  • I am actually scared to death that they may get some far left loony on the jury who will be a sympathizer to the plight of the poor terrorists and refuse to convict.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:29 PM on Nov. 24, 2009

  • Voir dire will be a tough situation this time. BUT...a jury can only recommend. It's the JUDGE who makes the actual decision,. and the judge need not listen to the jury


    You're correct. I imagine many, many jurors will sit for voir dire on this one.

    Sisteract

    Answer by Sisteract at 4:38 PM on Nov. 24, 2009

  • I think it will be like a high-profile mafia type trial--with the identities of the jurors and judge protected (not allowed to be on camera/photographed/written about?), and likely sequestered for the length of the trial--which could be lengthy if the defendants choose to exercise their right to discovery and force the parading of CIA field agents, informants and every person even remotely involved in the chain of command through the court room--you know, to create a circus-like atmosphere!

    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 4:56 PM on Nov. 24, 2009

  • Lets just hope that those loony 9/11 conspiracy theorists believers aren't one (or more) of the jurors!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:56 PM on Nov. 24, 2009

  • (not allowed to be on camera/photographed/written about?

    That's not as easy to do as it used to be. Our court had to ban cell phones in the courthouse because gang members were using them to photograph jurors during trials. That doesn't stop them from doing it outside. It's not like it used to be, where a press restriction would be enough. Too many people these days have access to instant photography and video, as well as web resources to figure out who on the web has mentioned their friend/relative/co-worker on the jury on facebook or message boards. And at this trial, there are going to be a lot more people on both sides who will be motivated to find out who the jurors are. It'll probably be a competition for the gossip websites.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 5:06 PM on Nov. 24, 2009

  • Scary thought but reality and something to be concerned about..anyway everyone in this forum knows how I feel about this mess
    tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 5:20 PM on Nov. 24, 2009

  • The prosecutor in a case a couple of years ago was under death threat after a "fatwa" (a "hit") was put out on him by prominent Muslim leaders in the Middle East. He had to deal with that for YEARS.

    These trials will be so highly publicized - the media will be interviewing anyone they can get their hands on, mentioning the names of everyone involved from judges to lawyers to jurors, and broadcasting video as these people go in & out of the building - only the most stubbornly ignorant person can imagine that these people AND THEIR FAMILIES will not be in danger.

    Stupid, stupid decision.

    But wait, Obama and Holder are NOT stupid. What IS their agenda?
    It is supremely amateur to say things like "I am confident these men will be convicted and executed" - such a statement GIVES defense lawyers the grounds for mistrial due to prejudice. And they KNOW IT - they're lawyers themselves!

    What are they playing at, anyway??
    waldorfmom

    Answer by waldorfmom at 7:56 PM on Nov. 24, 2009

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