JON KATZ, P.C.
Attorney at Law
DEFENDING THE ACCUSED AND THE CONSTITUTION
Practicing Law in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia
FEDERAL CRIMINAL JURY TRIAL LAWYER
(Practicing criminal defense throughout Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.)
PARTNER JON KATZ: PROVIDING AGGRESSIVE CRIMINAL DEFENSE SINCE 1991
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WHEN MAGISTRATE JUDGES CONDUCT JURY SELECTION.
May 14, 2008, By Jon Katz.
Supreme Court spiral staircase.
On May 12, 2008, the United States Supreme Court affirmed a conviction where the defendant's lawyer agreed to magistrate judge-run jury selection, even though the defendant was not asked directly on the record whether he so consented. Gonzalez v. U.S., __ U.S. _ (May 12, 2008).
This case is worth reading both for the majority opinion and for Justice Thomas's dissent, in which he insists that defendants -- not their lawyers -- personally have the opportunity to say aye or nay on the record about having a magistrate judge conduct jury selection. As much as I did not want Justice Thomas to join the Supreme Court and still feel the same way, I thank him for his dissent in Gonzalez .
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