April 18, 2006

Priestís murder trial starts; potential jurors quizzed in nunís slaying

Toledo Blade


The deliberate process of selecting 12 jurors and 4 alternates from a pool of 99 people in the murder trial of the Rev. Gerald Robinson will extend beyond todayís scheduled conclusion and carry over into tomorrow.

The potential jurors were questioned yesterday by Judge Thomas Osowik of Lucas County Common Pleas Court, defense attorneys, and the prosecutorís office. Much of the questioning revolved around three main points:

ē Whether the prospective jurors have formed an opinion in the case based on extensive pretrial media reporting about the 1980 stabbing death of Sister Margaret Ann Pahl.

ē Whether participating in a trial expected to last three to four weeks would cause a hardship on jobs or family.

ē If prospective jurorsí religious beliefs might impair their ability to be fair and impartial.

Posted by kshaw at April 18, 2006 07:02 AM