Q: Is it possible for the trial judge to have a old classmate in the jury in a murder trial without it being a conflict?

1 Lawyer Answer
Jermario L Davis
Jermario L Davis
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: In and of itself, I don't see there being a problem with a juror being an old classmate of the judge. The primary consideration for a juror to be seated is whether or not he/she is able to be fair and impartial under the present circumstances. If the juror was an old classmate of the prosecutor or one of the officers involved in the case, that would be a problem from the defense's standpoint but not necessarily a conflict of interest. That being said, these of the types of issues that attorneys must consider when using their strikes.

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