2008 fatal police pursuit & multiple allegations of jury misconduct

2008 fatal police pursuit & multiple allegations of jury misconduct

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    2008 fatal police pursuit & multiple allegations of jury misconduct

    http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/2...gat-ar-515768/

    Jury misconduct allegations could affect $2 million verdict against Petersburg police officer

    Petersburg, Va. --
    A Petersburg jury has returned two verdicts totaling more $2 million in damages against a city police officer in a 2008 fatal police pursuit, but multiple allegations of jury misconduct have delayed final judgment in the case.

    After an all-week trial in Petersburg Circuit Court, a jury deliberated about three hours on Friday before finding Petersburg police officer Christopher Womack guilty of willful and wanton negligence and gross negligence in the July 22, 2008, pursuit that ended with two teenagers being killed and a third critically injured.
    Durring voir dire jurors didn't disclose that they or members of their family had been charged or convicted of criminal offenses.
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    The times I have been called for jury duty we were given questionnaires we had to fill out before reporting for duty. Included were questions regarding convictions, warrants or investigations.
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    In NYS, EVERYONE gets called. I sat next to a Superior Court Judge for one jury duty ( I won't mention his name but I will say, he was one funny dude) On all the others they sent me "packing" (the pun was intended) because I'm a gun owner........who knew?
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    I've been called for the "Jury Pool" never got past the voir dire -- civil or criminal.

    Quite boring, sent to voir dire, sent back to the Jury Pool room (very spartan room), sent back to another voir dire, back to standing by, etc, etc, etc. Allowed to go to lunch, report back to the Jury Pool room. Sometimes sent home after lunch. Sometimes repeat the circle a few time before being sent home.

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    I'm in a standby pool right now, but I'm #339 out of 350, so I know what they think of me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveH View Post
    I've been called for the "Jury Pool" never got past the voir dire -- civil or criminal.

    Quite boring, sent to voir dire, sent back to the Jury Pool room (very spartan room), sent back to another voir dire, back to standing by, etc, etc, etc. Allowed to go to lunch, report back to the Jury Pool room. Sometimes sent home after lunch. Sometimes repeat the circle a few time before being sent home.

    Finished two books sitting in uncomfortable chairs.
    I took my laptop and a couple movies.........take a laptop and a movie, the entire jury pool will be your friend LOL
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    Had to show up for jury selection twice in the last year,both times was sent home.
    Sounds like the Officer did nothing wrong IMHO,the driver of the other vehicle decided to flee and elude,sue him,wait a minute he's dead and doesn't have deep pockets
    As for the Jurors that failed to disclose,give em some jail time and a substantial fine for wasting the Courts time
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    or family ? I don't know what "family" has to do with your ability to be a fair person in a jury.

    I've never seen any of those questions asked of anyone during any jury questioning....
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    I read the story, sounds like they grabbed a bunch of closet cop haters for the jury. The teenagers in the car acted incredibly stupid, and brought this on themselves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eagleks View Post
    I've never seen any of those questions asked of anyone during any jury questioning....
    Hum!

    Every criminal case voir dire, which I set on was asked if I was or had any relatives that were LEO, had been arrested, had been a victim of a crime. Sometimes the "victim of a crime" question was narrowed down to the category of the crime to be tried, but not always.

    Those questions were not in the mail-in pre-report-for-duty screening questioner but were asked when before the judge and lawyers took their shot during the voir dire.
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    I'm curious. Did the Juror lie when answering the question? Refuse to answer it altogether? What exactly was the misconduct?
    Failure to disclose could cover both but I would only consider lying to be misconduct. Even a prospective juror has the right to refuse to answer questions.

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    I'm not up on the shenanigans of all my family members so the attorney would get a "Meh, I can't remember anything like that at the moment" from me.
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