50 Potential Jurors Dismissed For Discussing Case
The first part of the morning, the last of the original 114 jurors were questioned about hardships. Some were kept and told they will be notified when to return for the second round of questioning. Some were sent home and excused for a variety of hardships, including financial, medical, and employment.
The court was ready to begin hardship eliminations on a new group of 50 potential jurors, when it was discovered that the potential jurors had been in the jury room and discussing the case.
When Judge Belvin Perry was made aware of this incident, he excused all 50 of them. He later said that the court will be able to have a new group ready by 9 AM and they would pick up again at that time tomorrow.
Prior to the end of the day, Jose Baez and Dorothy Clay Sims tried to get Judge Perry to compel the state to disclose evidence that they claim they do not possess. The information that the defense is trying to get a hold of is owned and controlled by the FBI, according to the state. This is the motion filed by the defense in reference to the Sniffer Test being allowed to be used in trial.
Court is scheduled to resume tomorrow morning at 9 AM Eastern time. Streaming provided by WESH in Orlando will be available right here on The New Justice Network with real time chat.