Some lawyers deserve the despicable reputation that people assign to the profession. Please don’t hold that against all lawyers, though.
An attorney in California apparently lied during jury selection to obtain a seat on the jury. Instead of disclosing that he is a licensed attorney, he said he was a project manager for a technology company. He ended up becoming the jury’s foreman. (Associated Press article)
To showcase his intelligence, he blogged about the trial, including his falsified profession and detailed information about the jury’s deliberations. What a stinker!
Now the recidivist burglar might get a new trial. He was convicted in this case and sentenced to 38 years in prison, but he will be retried, if a hearing finds bias in his first trial.
Here’s the part I find most baffling:
The trial judge in the case threatened to report the juror to the state bar but accepted the verdict.
So the judge knew that the juror had lied in court. But instead of reporting the juror, he just ignored it.
Maybe I’m a jerk, but I think they BOTH should be disciplined. The attorney should be suspended and the judge should at least receive a fine. Talk about giving the profession a bad name. So much for “self-policing ethics.”
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