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News & Updates from Jordan’s second Civil Trial
Don Carpenter, Mobile Broadcast News—Opening arguments began with a flurry of accusations before the first witness had even testified. Jordan’s lawyer Robert Giroux began attacking the officers account of their encounter with Jordan Miles. “I’ll tell you what they’re going to say (referring to the defense). Their CYA (cover your ass) story.” “Their search for a gun was nonsense. How can you prove there was a bulge in his pocket, when you threw away the bottle?”
Don Carpenter, Mobile Broadcast News, reporting from the federal courthouse.
Don Carpenter, Mobile Broadcast News—Jury selection began today in the second Jordan Miles V. Saldutte et al civil suit in federal court. Out of the 61 potential jurors, only 5 were of African American descent. Three jurors were dismissed immediately, after presenting letters of hardship to Judge David Cercone, lowering the total pool to 58 potential jurors. Out of the 58 remaining jurors, 33 informed the court that they were familiar with the Jordan Miles case through the TV, Internet, word of mouth, or in print. Despite this being nigh impossible for any resident of Pittsburgh at any point during the last four years, all of the 33 were dismissed.
Don Carpenter, Mobile Broadcast News—Jordan Miles has changed attorneys since the last trial using Pittsburgh Lawyer Joel Sansone, and Michigan based attorney Robert Giroux on board replacing former attorneys J. Kerrington Lewis and Timothy O’Brien. The accused officers are keeping with their original legal team. Today’s jury selection will wittle down 61 potential jurors into 8 jurors who must reach a unanimous decision on a verdict on the 2 remaining charges against the officers.
Don Carpenter reporting from the federal courthouse in Downtown Pittsburgh.
Media Coverage of Jordan’s second Civil Trial
Rich Lord, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—A late-night encounter on a snowy Homewood street that crystalized police-community tensions is set to become the subject of a retrial that could be more contentious than the first, thanks to some bullets and a new team of lawyers. The first-hand accounts of the Jan. 12, 2010, incident on Tioga Street aren’t likely to change.
Rich Lord, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—The second trial in the civil case filed by Jordan Miles against Pittsburgh police officers has been postponed from a November date to March 10. U.S. District Judge David S. Cercone issued the new trial schedule today.