WBEZ | juror http://www.wbez.org/tags/juror Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Cellini juror blows up at defense lawyer in Chicago courtroom http://www.wbez.org/story/cellini-juror-blows-defense-lawyer-chicago-courtroom-95361 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//archives/images/cityroom/cityroom_20090416_rwildeboer_155262_Cell_large.png" alt="" /><p><p>There was drama in a federal court in Chicago Friday over whether to throw out the recent conviction of political heavyweight William Cellini.</p><p>That jury that convicted Cellini included Candy Chiles, a Chicago woman who didn't tell to the court about past convictions for drug possession and DUI. Cellini's attorney, Dan Webb, said Chiles lied in an effort to get on the jury, and he wants the conviction reversed.</p><p>In Friday's hearing, Chiles gave varying explanations for her mis-statements, including "I don't know" and "I was confused. Nervous. Confused and nervous."</p><p>Asked specifically why she didn't disclose the drug conviction, from 1999, during jury selection, Chiles said, "It's in my past. I never mention it at all."</p><p>Chiles was instantly unsettled by questions from Cellini's attorney, repeatedly accusing him of treating her like a criminal.</p><p>"What's this all about?" she loudly asked Webb. "So you can get [Cellini] off? Leave me alone. I'm tired of you."</p><p>"I sat here for 5 weeks [during the trial] and watched the way you work," Chiles said to Webb a bit later. "You keep asking me the same questions to try to trip me up."</p><p>Webb was scolded several times by Judge James Zagel for asking adversarial questions of Chiles, "sticking a needle in her." The judge said the information he was getting from the combative testimony was not helpful as he decides whether to throw out Cellini's guilty verdicts.</p><p>Zagel told attorneys his ruling will not only weigh on whether Chiles was qualified to be a juror, but whether she had any bias or prejudice after she was on the jury.</p></p> Fri, 06 Jan 2012 22:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/cellini-juror-blows-defense-lawyer-chicago-courtroom-95361 Blago juror with Oprah tix excused http://www.wbez.org/story/blago-juror-oprah-tix-excused-85777 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-27/AP090127011782-blago Richard Drew.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A potential juror who has tickets to see a taping of the Oprah Winfrey show has been excused from jury duty in the Blagojevich case.&nbsp; She was concerned that the trial would interfere with the taping, though there could be other reasons that the judge excused her.</p><p>Blagojevich said he was happy that she wouldn't have to go through the trial, and said he was jealous.&nbsp;</p><p>"I'm very happy that that juror was dismissed from the jury pursuant to her request so that she can actually go and do what is a once-in-a-lifetime thing and that is see the Oprah Winfrey Show," he said.&nbsp;</p><p>Blagojevich then walked away from the microphones, but a reporter asked if he thought the Oprah tickets were golden.&nbsp; Blagojevich stopped and smiled, and after a pause, he walked back to the microphones and said, "No.&nbsp; I would say they're F-ing golden."&nbsp;</p><p>That's a reference to a phone conversation he had that was secretly recorded by federal agents.&nbsp; On the call he referred to his ability to appoint someone to Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat as a thing that was "f***ing golden."</p><p>So far 100 potential jurors have been questioned to see if they're able to give Blagojevich a fair trial.&nbsp; About sixty have been "struck for cause."&nbsp; Jury selection continues Thursday.&nbsp; It will be the sixth day, including the day one on which potential jurors filled out a 38-page questionnaire.&nbsp; Opening statements are expected Monday.</p></p> Thu, 28 Apr 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/blago-juror-oprah-tix-excused-85777 Neo-nazi convicted of threatening juror http://www.wbez.org/story/news/criminal-justice/neo-nazi-convicted-threatening-juror <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//neo nazi.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Jurors in Chicago have convicted an avowed neo-Nazi of encouraging violence against the foreman of a jury that convicted another white supremacist in 2004.</p><p>After a three-day trial, the jury agreed that William A. White of Roanoke, Va. effectively threatened the foreman by posting the man's name, photo, address and cell number online.</p><p>As the verdict was read in court Wednesday, that one-time foreman sat on a spectators' bench, leaned forward and cried. White turned to his attorneys and shook his head.</p><p>Defense attorney Nishay Sanan told reporters later that jurors acted out from fear and not based on facts of the case. He says he's confident the verdict will be overturned on the grounds White's posting was protected speech.</p><p>At sentencing, White faces a maximum 10-year prison term.</p></p> Wed, 05 Jan 2011 20:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/news/criminal-justice/neo-nazi-convicted-threatening-juror