Stockton, CA asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Gov & Administrative Law and Legal Malpractice for California

Q: All jurors awaiting in the front of courtroom. District Attorneys witnesses were there as well. Witnesses kept making

Loud negative insulting statements about the case, the DA was there during these outbursts then she went inside court while these comments intimidated anyone in their presents others (witnesse's friend) came to speak to these witnesses about the case also.

2 Lawyer Answers
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: more info needed

discuss this with your lawyer who has all the facts.........it may be grounds for a Mistrial?

William M. Weinberg
William M. Weinberg
PREMIUM
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Irvine, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: This situation may give rise to a motion for mistrial. The defense attorney should inform the court and request a voir dire of the jury to determine if anyone heard anything and if so, were they influenced by the comment and how? The court can weigh the statements and decide if a mistrial is appropriate.

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