The other week, during the Auckland leg of A Conversation On Making A Murderer, with lawyers Dean Strang and Jerry Buting, the talk turned to the subject of jury selection.
The problem in the second decade of the 21st century is that smartphones are everywhere, and access to social media and instant news media is so high that it’s getting to be harder and harder to find a truly impartial set of jurors for some cases.
Strang’s great example was the raft of sexual allegations against Bill Cosby. He claimed that of the thousand or so attendees to the show that night, any judge would find it hard to select twelve impartial jurors to stand at Cosby’s trial.
“This is Mr. Huxtable, or whatever he’s called…” Strang said.
“Dr. Huxtable!” I wanted to shout out.
“…he was our friend,” Strang continued. “He came into our house every night and made us laugh.”
And he did. He made people laugh around the world. In America though he would have been more than just a household name, he would have been part of the household. It’ll be interesting to see how America deals with Cosby, if a trial ever happens…
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