Michael Jackson's Trials

Michael Jackson's Trials


The Ongoing Trials of The Late Michael Jackson

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

The Stealth Juror

Celebrity status carries its own risks and rewards, as Michael Jackson will discover during his trial.

One aspect of the risk/reward issue is the nature and stealth agenda of the potential jurors.

Michael Jackson returned to court yesterday, wearing black and giving a V for victory sign.

It seems that the "celebrity status" of this trial is already manifesting itself with regards the jury.

Normally, when selecting from a jury pool, you can expect a drop out rate of people who don't want to serve of around 75%. However, in this case, over half (176 out of 350 to date) have said that they are willing to sit on the jury for the next 6 months.

The key task, for both the defence and prosecution teams, will be to "weed out" those potential jurors with a hidden agenda; these are known as "stealth jurors".

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