Posted on Saturday, December 19, 2009
Karate teacher gets 10 years in prison for molesting teen
He said appeal issues will include statements from several jurors after the trial that one jury member had said during deliberations that she had been sexually assaulted. She said that was not the case when attorneys were selecting the jury, and later said police had not treated the case as a sexual assault.
Yakima County Superior Court Judge James Lust declined to grant a new trial, ruling that jurors were allowed to consider their life experience in reaching a verdict.
Crimes against children are at the high end of heinous. But wouldn't the juror who lied about her rape experience face criminal charges after lying during jury selection. The "problems" with the search warrant and the judges comments suggest a less than impartial court.