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  •  Who wouldn't consent to a bench trial? (3+ / 0-)
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    No jury to convince.  No need to worry about people squeamish on the death penalty or harboring any kind of Anti-Government sympathies...

    Just lay out the case for the judge, meet the burden of proof and be done with it.

    It would seem vindictive to have the state demand a jury trial.  It would look like a calculation of "Oh hell no... we have 300+ million people that want to see this guy fry... lets demand a jury!".  Like deliberately taking advantage of a poisoned jury pool.

    Let the guy have whatever trial he wants.  If he wants a jury, we'll convince 12 people to convict him.  If he wants a bench, then we'll convince 1 judge.

    Plus a bench trial will be so much faster.

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 08:13:58 AM PDT

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    •  You make a good point, but in a case like this, (0+ / 0-)

      prosecutors get squeamish about trying him in a way that seems less transparent.  There's more transparency and legitimacy to being tried by 12 citizens of Massachusetts vs. one government employee with life tenure.  

      •  Fair point (0+ / 0-)

        but if it we're his choice ..again... his right as a citizen, etc etc..

        Plus... the reason I personally hope this is quick...the spectacle the media are going to make of this trial will be mind-numbingly shameful.  It will make OJ Simpson and Casey Anthony trials look like public access television.

        Voir dire alone will be a circus.

        Part of me can't wait for justice to be served.  The other part really wishes we didn't have to watch it on Cable News.

        Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

        by Wisper on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 08:34:40 AM PDT

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