PROSECUTORS MOVE FOR CHANGE OF VENIRE IN JERRY SANDUSKY CASE

Prosecutors in the Jerry Sandusky trial asked that jurors be chosen from a neighboring county for the Centre County Pennsylvania trial. Sandusky the former Penn State assistant football coach is charged with 52 counts of sexual assault involving ten teenage boys over a fifteen year period. The case has drawn international attention since it involves allegations that the legendary former Penn State Coach Joe Paterno failed to take proper action upon learning of the abuse. The attorney general alleged in […] Read more »

COURT REVERSES RAPE CONVICTION FOR INCOMPETENCE OF COUNSEL

Jason Cornell was charged with two rapes in New York. One occurred in Monroe County. The other in Ontario County. He was tried and convicted on both of them in Ontario County. Both incidents occurred, with different women on narcotics buying trips from Watkins Glen in Schuyler County, New York, to Rochester in Monroe County, New York. His trial counsel failed to object to venue in Ontario County for the incident that occurred in Monroe County. The question before the […] Read more »

A CHANGE OF VENUE FOR KHALID SHAIKH MOHAMMED?

An article in the New York Times raises the question as to whether the trial of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed On charges of masterminding the 9/11 attack on the Word Trade Center and on United Flight 93 will be tried in New York or whether the venue will be changed to another city. The Sixth Amendment guarantees a defendent in a criminal case , among other rights, the right to an” impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime […] Read more »

CHANGE OF VENUE GRANTED IN BART KILLING

Alameda County, California Superior Court Judge Morris Jacobson granted the motion of former Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer Johannes Mehserle for a change in venue for his trial for the murder of Oscar Grant who he shot during an investigation of a rowdy incident on the subway at the Fruitdale Station in Oakland. Judge Jacobson looked at six factors in determining the need for a change of venue. First he considered the nature and gravity of the offense. Since […] Read more »