Tuesday, February 10, 2015

News item: U.S. Judge O'Toole says jury selection going well in Boston Marathon bombing case #Tsarnaev

U.S. District Judge George O’Toole–in his third motion denying a change of venue for the Boston Marathon bombing trial–boasted again that “the process of interviewing prospective jurors in person … is proving successful.”

O’Toole pointed to a particular juror as an example of fair-mindedness:

One human resources professional explained that it was a common occurrence in her experience for her initial impression of the merits of a workplace controversy to be altered or even reversed when she had information from a fuller or more careful investigation, and so she had learned to keep her judgment suspended until she had all the necessary information.

The court interviewed this particular juror on Jan. 22, the fifth day of voir dire, as the individual questioning of prospective jurors is known.

However, the human resources professional O’Toole cited as a voir dire success story made quite a few statements the judge declined to note in his ruling …

  • Complete article @whowhatwhy

  • Where presumption of innocence is just ‘a term of art’

  • WGBH’s Emily Rooney on the jury pool

  • Documents and rulings O’Toole doesn’t want anyone to see

  • Washington Post: O’Toole rips defense on disclosures about jury pool

  • Gideon: It depends on what you mean by a fair trial- updated

  • Cool Justice Twitter

  • Sunday, January 25, 2015

    The latest #Tsarnaev memo U.S. District Judge George O’Toole doesn’t want anyone to see

    Among hundreds of others judge hides,
    or tries to hide,
    in sealing frenzy

    The pre-trial results are in from a straw poll of prospective jurors in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s capital felony case.

    Not suprisingly, it’s a landslide for guilty.

    The defense team argues that out of 1,373 prospective jurors, 68 percent believe Tsarnaev is guilty of taking part in the Boston Marathon bombing. If one adds to that personal connections or allegiances to people affected by the terrorist attack, the number of jurors who already have a reason to vote for guilty leaps to 85 percent, according to a motion filed by the defense.

    What’s even more unusual is the reaction of U.S. District Judge George O’Toole to the motion, which was filed publicly and disseminated widely on social media …

  • Link to memo & complete article at WhoWhatWhy

  • Cool Justice Twitter

  • Hardware on display outside court

  • Via The New Yorker: Where presumption of innocence means something else

  • WGBH’s Emily Rooney on O’Toole closing courtroom

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  • more COOL JUSTICE Jazz Trailer

  • Louis The Coin: ‘You Thought It Was More’

  • Thursday, January 22, 2015

    . @LouisTheCoin Equipment Redux [links to NL Day feature &] signed copy 'You Thought It Was More' #WorldsGreatestCounterfeiter

    NEW: This Saturday [Jan. 24], Louis Colavecchio is scheduled to appear with Franz Douskey at "Untold Stories," an event at Artspace in Hartford

  • Artspace's 'Untold Stories'

  • Strip after coinage blanks have been punched out, dies and rubber impressions of tokens

    Electrical Discharge Machine used to reproduce the token dies - also known as a spark erosion machine

    Rolls used to produce strip of the required thickness

    Press to produce coinage blanks or strike the tokens

    A press to strike the tokens

    Electro plating equipment

  • NL Day features @LouisTheCoin’s new book #YouThoughtItWasMore

  • Follow Louis on Twitter @LouisTheCoin

  • Signed copy