Listening to CourtTV discuss the Jessica Lunsford jury selection process, it was suggested it may come down to people who don’t watch television, don’t read the newspaper and are totally unaware of the details of one of the most publicized recent child murders in Florida. You almost would have to live under a rock it seems to “qualify” for the jury.
What concerned me more was the discussion of his tossed confession. The commentators suggested the defense might keep it inadmissible for the trial but then possibly have it used should he be found guilty. The rationale is it would show his remorse per his videotaped confession. He suggested he was sorry for burying a 9 year old alive, after he confessed to kidnapping and raping her. The video was on the St Petersburg Times website and shown on CourtTV.
How can you have it both ways? Did he kidnap, rape and kill her? If he did, don’t sentence him to death, if convicted, because he didn’t mean to kidnap, rape and kill her? Remorseful?
What would comprise a jury of his peers?