Thursday, July 5, 2007

Trying our patience

Did you see media accounts of the Jose Padilla trial? Padilla is the guy, a U.S. citizen, who has been held at Guantanamo for more than 3 years on suspicion of conspiring to detonate a radioactive bomb in the U.S., even though that's not what he's being tried for. Today's article was about how the prosecution's star witness was asked to stop appearing on television to discuss terrorism while the trial is going on. That doesn't seem to be a big deal. That kind of stuff happens all the time. Plus, the expert could have said no. But what's really weird is that the jurors in the trial, who expect to hear testimony until August, have obviously been communicating outside court because they have been showing up wearing coordinated clothing. One day they all show up in black; another day the men wear blue and the women pink; another day they wear red, white and blue according to rows. What's that about? The jurors are supposed to be deciding a case with implications for the future of our system, and they're talking outside of court and agreeing on what clothes to wear? Is it me?

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