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Jurors Exposed to Publicity about Their Own Trial on Bus Ride to Court


There’s a reason why judges ask members of a jury pool whether they’ve seen or heard publicity about the case they’re about to hear and decide. It’s to ensure a member of the jury hasn’t formed an opinion about the defendant based on incorrect facts or evidence that is not admissible. Normally when there’s a problem, it’s because a member of the jury heard things about the case before sitting on the panel, or because someone mouthed off to the juror. Even more rarely, a member of the jury decides to do his or her own research, then gets into a world of trouble when the alleged know-it-all starts talking about it in front of other jurors in an attempt to sway fellow jurors’ decisions.

However, the judge in the high-profile murder trial of Atlanta attorney Claud “Tex” McIver probably didn’t expect this one. In response to the standard question, a member of the jury said said they heard story about the trial on the jury bus on the way to the courthouse.

Law&Crime has reached out to a court spokesperson to try to unravel several questions, including how the purported busing procedure was used, how many people were on it, and whether, indeed, a number of jurors were subjected to news reports about the case on the way to the courthouse.

[Image via court pool camera/WSB-TV.]

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Aaron Keller holds a juris doctor degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and a broadcast journalism degree from Syracuse University. He is a former anchor and executive producer for the Law&Crime Network and is now deputy editor-in-chief for the Law&Crime website. DISCLAIMER:  This website is for general informational purposes only. You should not rely on it for legal advice. Reading this site or interacting with the author via this site does not create an attorney-client relationship. This website is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney. Speak to a competent lawyer in your jurisdiction for legal advice and representation relevant to your situation.