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'Juror Appreciation Week'
Posted by: RgrF
Date: June 22, 2022 10:21PM
...is apparently an ongoing nightmare for Houston prosecutors.

A Harris County judge declared a mistrial in a high-profile murder case on Wednesday after the defendant’s lawyer argued recent “jury appreciation week” events included comments prejudicial to his client — a move he described as an attempt to tamper with the jury process.

The events, organized by Harris County District Clerk Marilyn Burgess, included speakers from within the county’s criminal justice system along with local TV news reporters, Houston Texans cheerleaders, country singer Will Carter, and Jim “Mattress Mac” McIngvale.

The event is described by Burgess’ office as a way to celebrate jury service as a civic duty to “help ensure the Consitutional promise of a swift and fair trial by a jury of your peers,” according to a press release.

But at least one speaker’s comments were called into question after a video from the event was posted online. In her comments, she suggested serving on a jury was a chance to provide “justice” for victims, rather than impartiality, according to attorney Sean Buckley, who represents the man accused of murder.


Can just see local defense law (excepting public defenders of course) going through past cases with that fine tooth comb. Reminiscent of the turmoil following exposure of sloppy or non-existent criminal case lab reporting.

Good day to be a Houston defen$e attorney.
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