Don’t Talk to the Jury

There were so many weak spots for the prosecution in the Michael Jackson case but if I had to choose the one that irked me the most it was the fact that the mother of the accusor was said to have answered the attorneys’ questions while looking directly at the jury as if she were addressing them. This is a no-no. The jury is there to observe the proceedings, witnesses are not supposed to interact with them.

Worse yet was when the same witness was said to have screamed “DON’T JUDGE ME!” at the jurors, ostensibly at a point where the defense attorneys were exposing some of her shady past dealings. If I were a juror at that point I would have said to myself “Don’t judge you? Our whole point here is to make a factual determination taking into account the credibililty of the witnesses involved, including yours. How can we not judge you? It’s part of our responsibility in the case.”

Plus since when do witnesses get to scream commands to the jury? If I was the judge I would have been like hey stupid, you’re here to answer questions, not to give directions and nut the fuck up. Where do you think we are? Shakeys Pizza?

The snapping of her fingers at the jurors was just mildly annoying. My whole point if I am a juror and the witness keeps looking at me is that the witness is not speaking for the sake of truth, she is speaking for the sake of an audience. Compare it to trying to referee a basketball game where one of the players is looking at you the whole time. Hey, are you gonna look at me trying to influence my calls or are you gonna play the damn game? Jeez!

I wonder if the prosecutors coached her on what to do and she just ignored them and did her own thing. I can’t imagine the guy saying “Ok, I need you to go out there and act like a nut!” She was stupid, she was shady, she was a flake, and the jury saw right through it. And they probably thought if she was so much a freaking pecan that her boy was probably a nut too. So the real question they were left with was did Michael Jackson touch this boy’s nuts or are these two prosecution witness nuts just touched?

My amateur analysis.

20 Responses to “Don’t Talk to the Jury”

  1. Phelps says:

    I disagree completely. The witness isn’t there to answer questions for the attorney. The witness is there to tell the jury what happened. The mistake that SHE made was to be paotronizing and condecending to the jury.

    Juries are not stupid, and the quickest way to alienate one is by acting like they are. They have a heavy burden, and they are willing to shoulder it. What they don’t want is someone that acts like she knows how to do that duty better than them.

    The mother’s problem wasn’t that she was prepped too much or too little. Her problem was that she’s a gash.

  2. HMT says:

    fuck.. Shakey’s Pizza. Mojo Potatoes.

    lunch is so far away.

  3. Mexigogue says:

    I just knew you would disagree with me. I just didn’t know what the rationale was gonna be. I think I knew because since this area is more your forte I would be likely to make a mistake of some sort.

    I still wouldn’t want a witness eyeballing me if I was on the jury. Lousy grifter.

  4. Mexigogue says:

    Gash defined

  5. Jeremy says:

    Nah, Phelps, you’re wrong. The case is not the witness’s – it’s the questioning lawyer’s. The jury is there to observe only two cases: the prosecution’s and the defense’s.

  6. Mexigogue says:

    Hey Phelps, do you guys coach people to address the questioning attorney when they answer or to look at the jury. My idea would be to look at the attorney mostly with an occasional glance at the jury.

  7. HMT says:



  8. I say just kick em sqa in the nuts

  9. not to mention that no celebrity or person with lots of $$ ever gets convicted of anything. That’s why I am tryig to get rich as fast as possible..

  10. Phelps says:

    Jeremy, go teach your grandmother to suck eggs.

    The general wisdom is that the witness should be looking where the jury is looking. Look at the attorney while he is asking the question, start answering, and when the jury looks at you, look back.

  11. Phelps says:

    One other thing that I think killed the gash is that she dissed the judge too. Juries trust and respect the judge (he is their only buddy in there) and when you start dissing him, you aren’t just dissing a man, you are dissing the entire petit jury system, and by extention, your dissing America! And no jury is going to stand for a witness disrespecting America.

  12. Jeremy says:

    Jeremy, go teach your grandmother to suck eggs.

    My, what a penetrating legal and rhetorical point!

  13. Mexigogue says:

    Heh heh! “penetrating”!

  14. Phelps says:

    Teach Your Grandmother to Suck Eggs defined, since we are on that kick.

  15. Cosmic Siren says:

    Jeremy, you do know that Phelps works at a law firm, don’t you?


  16. Cosmic Siren says:

    Mexi, I’m more like you. I haven’t been a witness at a jury trial, but I’ve been a mock juror at a training trial and I’ve been interrogated at two custody hearings.

    At the mock trail, I was okay with the witness looking at us occassionally during long explanations, but I expected their attention to be on the lawyer questioning them. Someone who only looked at us would have pissed me off because I wouldn’t be all that certain that they were really paying attention to what they were being asked.

    During custody hearings, I kept my attention on the lawyer talking to me and only glanced to the judge or my lawyer when I was confused by the questions.

  17. Cosmic,
    I don’t think you want to be more like Mexi, you should set higher goals for your life

  18. Mexigogue says:

    My mom likes me.

  19. Cosmic Siren says:

    I don’t think you want to be more like Mexi, you should set higher goals for your life


    I’ll take it under consideration. 😉

  20. Citizen Quasar says:

    Screw the bitch.