14 Sep Van Dyke Opts for Jury Trial in McDonald Shooting
In a choice with possibly significant effects, lawyers for Jason Van Dyke revealed Friday early morning they will let 12 jurors picked today choose the Chicago policeman’s regret or innocence in Laquan McDonald’s shooting,the Chicago Tribune reports It was uncommon for such a crucial option– a bench or jury trial– to be chosen so late in such prominent procedures. Opening declarations are slated for Monday. A legal chess video game had actually played out in court for months. Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan had actually postponed judgment on a defense demand to move the trial from Chicago up until after jury choice. The defense delayed its choice on whether to have a jury choose the case at all. On Friday early morning, Gaughan held back judgment on whether to move the trial from Cook County, stating he would do so after he swore in the 12 th juror and 5 alternates when they go back to the court house on Monday.
Van Dyke’s choice to opt for a jury trial might modify the basic dynamic of the trial. Chicago law enforcement officer accuseded of criminal misdeed typically go with bench trials, so their cases are heard by judges who must more quickly remove the feeling from the case and concentrate on the complex legal concerns at hand. Jury choice was finished Thursday afternoon quicker than numerous expected. The 12 jurors selected for the racially charged case– Van Dyke is white and McDonald was black– consisted of simply one African-Amercan. The rest of the jury is made up of 7 whites, 3 Hispanics and one Asian-American. Van Dyke, 40, a veteran of almost 13 years as an officer at the time of the shooting, deals with 6 counts of first-degree murder, 16 counts of worsened battery and one count of main misbehavior for the October 2014 shooting.