Scott Peterson’s new trial rests on question of juror bias
Convicted killer Scott Peterson's chance for a new trial hinges on whether a California juror who helped send him to prison in 2004 was biased.
4th Circuit puts 2 gang members’ convictions on hold, orders hearing
A divided federal appeals court Wednesday put on hold the murder and drug racketeering convictions of two Baltimore gang members, saying prosecutors must show at a hearing that “no reasonable possibility” exists that the verdict was unfairly influenced by a dismissed juror’s stated concern that jury members were being photographed by the gang members’ associates. […]
4th Circuit upholds convictions of three Baltimore gang members
A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld the racketeering-related convictions of three violent Baltimore gang members after concluding the trial judge had properly addressed their attorneys’ concerns about anxiety-related jury bias due to jurors’ fears of gang retaliation. Lawyers for the Black Guerrilla Family gang members had argued on appeal that Chief U.S. District Judge […]