Utah prosecution investigator acquitted of juror tampering

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  • NeifyT Salt Lake City, UT
    May 2, 2019 10:24 a.m.

    Probably a good thing he was acquitted on this count. Sounds like he was doing his job. At least, while I have never actually served on a jury before; everything I have read about it; says that both prosecuting AND defense attorneys get to ask questions and learn information about individuals in order to determine if they are fit for a jury for that specific trial.

    While perhaps he shouldn't have been doing his job in the lobby; given that this particular case was the trial that so many potential jury members failed to show up the first time; seems like he should be given a pass; on a bit of prescreening those that showed up the second time.


    I could go on to state my opinion that no attorneys should get to decide on jury members; but rather the judge should seat nearly anyone (only not those who show a clear bias against the specific defendent). They currently only allow 1% of the population to be jury members; when 99% would be unbiased if seated.

    Further, IMHO jury duty should be as common as voting; and every single trial (as per the US Constitution) should seat a jury... no more plea deals which are the real "obstruction of justice" that occurs daily.