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|Posted: 2005-01-18 5:49 pm  Permalink|
Attorney meets the 'jury pool from hell'
S-e-x, drugs and bias -- prospective jurors acknowledge all
Tuesday, January 18, 2005 Posted: 4:30 PM EST (2130 GMT)
MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) -- Defense attorney Leslie Ballin called it the "jury pool from hell."
The group of prospective jurors was summoned to listen to a case of Tennessee trailer park violence.
Right after jury selection began last week, one man got up and left, announcing, "I'm on morphine and I'm higher than a kite."
When the prosecutor asked if anyone had been convicted of a crime, every juror except one replied in the affirmative. One prospective juror said that he had been arrested and taken to a mental hospital after he almost shot his nephew. He said he was provoked because his nephew just would not come out from under the bed.
Another would-be juror said he had had alcohol problems and was arrested for soliciting *** from an undercover officer. "I should have known something was up," he said. "She had all her teeth."
Another prospect volunteered he probably should not be on the jury: "In my neighborhood, everyone knows that if you get Mr. Ballin (as your lawyer), you're probably guilty." He was not chosen.
The case involved a woman accused of hitting her brother's girlfriend in the face with a brick.
In case ya think I'm kidding, here's the link to CNN:
In another interview, she commented about "how shallow the jury pool" was.
Yup, if I ever think someone I know needs hittin' wif a brick I'm taking 'em there, first.