Originally Posted by -Slap-
They were screwed from the start. LA DA Gil Garcetti ruined them (and his political career) when he moved the trial downtown.
I've personally selected juries in criminal cases in both Courthouses, and the pools are strikingly different. Not only in ethnic origins, but in economic standing.
There was another very important and little-known reason: the downtown jury had a white middle-age female who was excused late in the game, after Ito received an anonymous letter from a purported employee of a literary agent in LA. That letter claimed that this juror and her husband had been negotiating a book deal through this agency during the trial. She has steadfastly denied it was true - and in fact, she has never written a book. Some media outlet canvassed LA agencies, and concluded that the one described by the anonymous letter-writer did not exist. This juror claimed she would have voted guilty forever, come hell or high water.
The letter was a brilliant dirty trick. Whoever wrote it had more effect on the trial than the glove.