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Offline Cylinder

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Defendant's Motion for Anonymous Jury
« on: May 09, 2013, 04:17:21 PM »
Defendant's Motion for Anonymous Jury
 
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1. The Defense requests that policies and procedures be established to assure that all court personnel, including but not limited to the Seminole County Sheriffs Office, the Clerk of the Circuit Court, Clerk’s Administration Officials, the State Attomey’s Office, the defense team and all media outlets given access, assure that all information regarding the potential jurors, including their names, addresses, places of employment, spouses’ names, previous employment, previous residential addresses and all other demographic information be maintained confidential.

2. The Clerk of Court shall hold confidential and under seal the names, addresses, places of employment, spouses’ names, previous employment, previous residential addresses and all other demographic information of all persons summoned as a juror in this case.

3. Trial Counsel for the parties should be exempted from this provision and should be given full access to potential juror information. Trial Counsel may use such information to investigate for the purposes of voir dire process, but should be prohibited from revealing this information to anyone not a party to this action, including media. The judicial system (judges, lawyers, etc.) should still be allowed to know the prospective juror and trial juror names and addresses so that they can eliminate jurors based on relevant criteria. The Clerk may release,
upon Court order, general information such as age, sex, race, and occupation, so long as said information cannot be used to identify a particular juror.

4. Any jury questionnaires completed in connection with this case shall be redacted and identified by a number only and shall not contain the names, addresses, places of employment, spouses’ names, previous employment, previous residential addresses and all other demographic information of any person summoned as a juror in this case. Only the State Attorney’s Office, this Court, necessary court personnel, and the Defense team should have
access to that information which will otherwise be filed with the Clerk under seal.

5. During those proceedings in which this Court permits cameras, the permission
granting access and usage of cameras shall be conditioned upon the understanding of the photographer/videographer that they are not permitted to photograph or record any person summoned as a juror in this case in any manner that could jeopardize the anonymity of the juror’s identity. A specific written agreement should be entered by each person or entity having such access, and within that document it should be agreed that, in addition to any other sanctions, a violation of that agreement is punishable by the contempt powers of this Court.

6. No cameras shall be permitted in the area in which the jurors or potential jurors enter or leave the courtroom. The prohibition on photographing or recording jurors or potential jurors would extend to those matters that occur, not only in the courtroom, but also anywhere in the courthouse itself or the courthouse facilities to further assure ongoing anonymity of potential jurors and jurors.

7. The Court should prohibit counsel from stating the names of jurors in the
courtroom and for the record. Counsel should identify jurors only by the number they were given.

8. To minimize any prejudicial effect on the jurors, Mr. Zimmerman requests the
Court make a precautionary statement to the jury that the use of numbers instead of names should be interpreted as a preventative measure to ensure the safety and anonymity of the jurors, and to protect them from outside influence and possible harassment, and as an acknowledgement of the community’s concern and divisiveness.
 
9. Once identified, the Court should sequester the venire in full. This procedure is necessary based upon the extraordinary focus this case has garnered, and keeping in mind the recent experiences of the State v. Anthony case in neighboring Orange County, Florida.

10. Additionally, the Court should sequester the jurors during the trial.
 
11. Copies of an order should be placed at the entrance to the courtroom so as to be available to all media representatives and a copy posted on the wall or door at the entrance to the courtroom where either the jury selection or trial is being conducted.
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Re: Defendant's Motion for Anonymous Jury
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2013, 09:32:13 PM »
I posted my thoughts on this here.

 

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