Four jurors dismissed in Army general sex case

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Submitted: Fri, 07/19/2013 - 2:34am
Updated: Fri, 07/19/2013 - 1:29pm

FORT BRAGG, NC (AP) — Four jurors seated for the court-martial of a U.S. Army general facing sexual misconduct charges have been dismissed.

Col. James Pohl told the court Thursday that because the jurors knew a potential witness in the case, they could be deemed biased. That means four new jurors will have to be found for the Sept. 30 trial of Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair.

A minimum of five jurors is needed.

Eight potential jurors already have been excused because they either knew Sinclair, other jurors or witnesses in the case.

Sinclair has pleaded not guilty to eight charges that include forcible sodomy, indecent acts, violating orders and adultery.

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1 Comment

  • Guest2020 says:

    When I went for jury duty, granted it was quite some time ago, when they took us into the courtroom and among other things, they read the list of potential witnesses and asked if we knew anyone on the list. Have they quit doing this? If not, then why did the people wait until they were seated before acknowledging they knew a witness?

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