First trial without jury given the go-ahead in the UK
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Four men are accused of taking part in an armed robbery atin 2004. Lord Judge said "the danger of jury tampering and the subversion of the process of trial by jury is very significant". The trial "will take place without a jury in due course". Media restrictions prevent identification of the defendants.
Reports suggest that three previous trials have collapsed due to interference with jurors, hence the landmark decision.
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