Thursday, September 18, 2008

Trial of the century, Atlanta version, this time really... 

A jury has been seated for the trial of Brian Nichols in the Atlanta courthouse shootings.

Reading through the descriptions of the jurors and their statements, I think the state is swimming upstream as far as persuading all twelve of them to vote for death. (One juror stated she opposed the death penalty, although presumably she was willing enough to consider it to be allowed to serve, another believes the justice system is biased against African-Americans. At least one more sounded reluctant at the prospect of being the one to decide if Nichols lives or dies.) As I've stated before, Fulton County juries have been reluctant to sentence people to death, although this particular crime stands out considerably, and might be an exception to the rule.

The trial continues on Monday.

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