Friday, May 12, 2006

All I ask from you is a very simple answer to a very simple question. There are only two ways to answer it: guilty or not guilty.

This seems to me just a tad bit irresponsible. The Washington Post is contacted by the jury foreman in the Moussaoui trial who has a beef with the juror who held out against the death penalty for Moussaoui and runs with the story. The only thing I can't figure out is which is the bigger ass: the jury foreman or the Post.

The foreman is unhappy with rules set up by presiding judge Brinkema that allowed the dissenting juror's identity to be kept secret from the other jurors. Votes were taken on the basis of anonymity so they had no idea who was holding out against the death penalty. It seems to completely beyond the comprehension of the foreman as to why this juror might have been a little bit shy about sharing their name with even the other jurors on the case.

This might give her a clue:

Brinkema ordered that the identities of the jurors be withheld for security reasons. The foreman contacted The Post and the interview was conducted on the condition of anonymity by a reporter who recognized her from the trial.

For security reasons. I'm sure it's security from the long reach of al qaeda and all the operatives of that secretive organization and not the ravings of wingnuts upset that Moussaoui didn't get the guillotine. The juror who wanted life in prison instead of the death penalty wouldn't possibly have faced any retribution from the unhinged among us after the trial. It's not like other jurors are talking to reporters or anything. His/ her name would never have gotten out.

As for the Washington Post; reporting this foreman's words might be something I'd write off to the nature of journalism if it happened a few years ago. Journalists used to live by the credo "we report, you decide." But if there's anything the Bush era has taught us about journalism it's that that credo is dead. Now that journalists live by the credo "we decide what to report" reporters can't use the excuse that they go where the news takes them.


Anonymous said...

That Juror's name and phone number should be posted on Michelle Malkin's web site. Of course she wouldn't be encouraging any harrassment.

Dean Wormer said...

That's so damn spot on. That's EXACTLY what would happen.

If the foreman was this dense I wouldn't trust her to begin with.