Assistant prosecutor warns potential jurors that if anyone else feels uncomfortable to remember there will be graphic images displayed throughout the trial.
Young continues to sit upright, next to attorney, listening to questioning. This is something I’ve never heard before, but the prosecutor told potential juror’s there is a witness in this case that has been given immunity. Assistant prosecutor asks potential jurors if they couldn’t trust the credibility of the witness because he/she was granted immunity.
Assistant prosecutor, “Will you give the person that has immunity a fair hearing?”
The 14 potential jurors being interviewed said they would.
One of the potential jurors (female) being questioned by assistant prosecutor gets emotional and starts crying.
Prosecutor asked, “Are you nervous?”
Juror, “Yes, very nervous.”
Prosecutor: “It’s ok a lot of people get upset.” He hands her a tissue.
Judge Kumar has made it through the first 14 interviews.
Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor John Skrzynski is now standing before potential jurors asking them to be honest and stresses that this case relies on their honesty and their ability to follow what the law requires of them as jurors.
Skrynski said, “It is not your job to decide if this person is a good person or a bad person. As the finders of facts, you have to determine what happened. Second thing you will do is apply the law to the facts of the case.”
Everyone agreed that they can do that.
Skrzynski said to one potential juror, “You have a look of doubt on your face.”
One (female) potential juror said she is a nurse and deals with individuals on drugs all of the time and feels she brings prejudice with her to the courtroom based on defendant’s age and type of crime that was committed. She told the prosecutor she would have too much sympathy for the people injured based on the experiences she’s had at work.
Potential juror said “I’m saying if I were to find out that they were high on K2 or whatever drugs, I’ll be able to picture what they’ve done and I don’t think I can, separate my feelings from facts.”
Potential juror tells Judge Kumar he has a medical condition and will not be unable to serve as a juror.
He continued to tell the judge he has a bladder condition and has had three operations. He also said he needs to be excused every 45 to 50 minutes to use the restroom and that sitting for long periods of time is the worst. As soon as his interview was over, he asked the judge permission to leave.
Judge Kumar allowed it.
Judge Kumar is halfway through the first 14 interviews of potential jurors for defendant Mitchell Young.
One potential juror told the judge, “If you’re arrested for it, I believe you probably did it.”
She continued to say, “I don’t think my mind could be open to thinking innocent until proven guilty.”