If You Are A Juror, Do Not Read This Review Of The Suspended Kilpatrick Trial
The two-week break in Kwame Kilpatrick's public corruption trial could prove to be problematic on two fronts: Jurors may have forgotten some crucial facts, or they may have seen or read about the case, write Tresa Baldas and Jim Schaefer in the Free Press.
"The latter is especially challenging for the defense, legal experts say, because one of the defendants -- ex-city water department Director Victor Mercado -- pleaded guilty during the hiatus. The jury isn't supposed to know that because it could prejudice the other defendants.
"The corruption trial in U.S. District Court, which is set to resume Tuesday, has been on hold since one of the defense lawyers became ill Oct. 29."