Dear Judge: watch what you say!

23 Oct

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During pre instruction a judge accidentally said the defendant pled guilty instead of not guilty.  The error was not corrected until deliberations when the jury asked whether they heard the judge correctly. The judge apologized and say he had erred in saying the defendant had pled guilty.  Not enough to cure the error says Judge Noonan!  That the jurors thought that the defendant pled guilty, even though the judge did pre instruct that he had pled not guilty to each count, probably affected how they heard the evidence. INTERESTING.

One Response to “Dear Judge: watch what you say!”

  1. Carolyn Roundey October 23, 2014 at 1:01 pm #

    Hurray for Judge Noonan..

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