Saturday, June 09, 2007

[blog] Tears, Pain, And History In The James Seale Voir Dire

Thank you to Anne Reed, trial lawyer and jury consultant, who commented on my Seale trial coverage in her trial blog, Deliberations:

James Seale is on trial in federal court in Jackson, Mississippi, for kidnapping and murdering two black teenagers, Charles Moore and Henry Dee, in 1964. It's fitting that a trial so extraordinary has extraordinary local press coverage; the Jackson Free Press has reporters Matt Saldaña and Donna Ladd in the courtroom, and their blog is the best trial reporting I'm seeing right now.

Voir dire, Day 1

The voir dire was last week, Wednesday through Friday, and it was nearly as emotional as the trial promised to be. The first day was spent on the jurors who might not be able to serve -- the one who needs to tend to his six chickenhouses, the one who had plane tickets to accompany his wife for eye surgery. Even when the questioning was at that general level, though, it was dramatic, because people's lives often are. One juror "referred to her own chronic depression and anxiety," one was an alcoholic who "“wished (she) could be drinking,” and then there were these exchanges:

[View Anne Reed's entire article at Deliberations.]