Recently I have spoken to many people who are going through tough times. I saw this posted from a church in Norfolk. I thought is was a good Monday morning good reminder:
So that’s the unrelated introduction. Now let me jump to the Monday thought because I know you only have a little bit of time to read. Some things are certain in life! In a hurry on Monday meets that certainty.
This really is to highlight a PilotOnline.com article under the Courts and Crime section. In an article titled Juror’s post about thugs, Black Lives Matter went unnoticed before Norfolk officer’s trial, we read the story about the recent Norfolk verdict involving the police officer who was charged with killing a mentally ill black man.
Once the officer was found not guilty by the jury, a reporter followed up and determined that the Norfolk prosecutors did no research on the background of the jurors. Their jury research in determining who would be best suited for the presentation of their case. If they had done some research, they would have learned that some of the jurors had postings on social media that showed their affinity for police.
The reporter contacted prosecutors in the surrounding cities to determine if they utilized social media in researching prospective jurors. Then, the article cites sources who make reference to the thought that it is legal malpractice to not do jury research.
The attached article is interesting reading. As one expert was quoted as saying, that wouldn’t you want to know that one of the jurors who was chosen for the trial had previously written on her Facebook page? Would it impact you if you found out that the juror had written, “America should be ashamed of how we treat cops”. I suspect that if the defense attorney had done his research, he gladly accepted that juror on the panel. Did that impact the finding of not guilty?
Life isn’t just playing with monopoly money and hoping to collect the railroads. Many times, cases are won and lost before the trial starts because of pretrial preparation. Coach Bear Bryant said, “It’s not the will to win that matters. Everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters“.
And here is a timely pic o’ day: