TAILIEUCHUNG - Gale Encyclopedia Of American Law 3Rd Edition Volume 9 P20

Gale Encyclopedia of American Law Volume 9 P20 fully illuminates today's leading cases, major statutes, legal terms and concepts, notable persons involved with the law, important documents and more. Legal issues are fully discussed in easy-to-understand language, including such high-profile topics as the Americans with Disabilities Act, capital punishment, domestic violence, gay and lesbian rights, physician-assisted suicide and thousands more. | 178 SHEPPARD SAMUEL H. pretrial publicity holding that the negative publicity had been so virulent that prejudice could safely be presumed. The Court blamed the trial judge for not minimizing the effect of the publicity which it likened to a circus atmosphere. The decision heightened consideration of criminal defendant s sixth amendment right to due process. Significantly the Court did not seek to curtail the freedom of the press to report on trials. instead the Court said that in a case where a defendant s rights are threatened by pretrial publicity the trial judge must protect the defendant. This it said could be accomplished by taking such measures as isolating the jury through a process called sequestration in which jury members are shielded from contact with the outside world during the course of a trial. Although the supreme Court did not rule on sheppard s guilt or innocence it reversed his conviction and ordered a new trial. in November 1966 13 years after his conviction he stood trial again. This time sheppard was represented by the high-profile attorney f. lee bailey. Judge Francis Talty imposed tight restrictions for on the new trial forbidding cameras and sketch artists prohibiting individuals from moving about the courtroom and eliminating seats for out-of-town papers national publications or television reporters. John T. Corrigan served as the county prosecutor for the case and his opening statement lacked mention of both the supposed surgical instrument and susan Hayes. Witnesses were on and off the stand quickly and Hayes was mentioned only once in a police statement sheppard gave denying having an affair with her. The jurors were left to wonder what motive he would have for killing his wife. Bailey s star witness in the case was nationally known criminologist Paul Kirk who impressed the jury with his study of the blood spatter from Marilyn s body. Kirk claimed that the splatter revealed a left-handed killer and that one blood spot was neither .

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