My first op-ed for the USA Today appeared in last Friday’s edition. The release of information seems to me to imperil the right to a fair trial.
The right to a fair trial is enshrined in the sixth amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It requires, among other things, an impartial jury. The courts have decided that an “impartial jury” consists of those who have no bias, prejudice or other preconception. The members should have no opinion at the start of the trial and should base their verdict only on the evidence presented there.
Finding an impartial jury – anywhere – seems to be difficult here. And I think Zimmerman, if convicted, will have basis for appeal.
I just don’t know what the prosecutor was thinking here.