|Experts: Widmer jurors' comments raise legal questions|
|Written by Janice Morse • firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sunday, 20 February 2011 19:13|
Important legal concepts seem to have been lost on some Warren County jurors who convicted Ryan Widmer of murder, experts say, based on interviews reported in local news media since Tuesday’s verdict.
But Widmer’s lawyers have no recourse unless they can legally substantiate that jurors disobeyed orders, experts say.
Even so, the topic is worthy of public debate, “because we’re seeing an increasing trend of jurors disregarding judges’ simple instructions,” says attorney Mike Allen, a former Hamilton County prosecutor and municipal court judge.
Judge Neal Bronson clearly explained to the jury during Widmer’s 17-day trial:
Yet one juror, quoted by WKRC-TV, Channel 12, said, “It’s just the evidence, to us, did not prove innocence.”
Another juror, quoted in the Western Star, a Warren County newspaper, said: “The fact that we couldn’t hear Ryan’s side of the story was bad,” indicating he should have testified.
Story by Janice Morse of the Cincinnati Enquirer - read the entire story on Cincinnati.com [click here]