Attorney talks about sequestration in Dunn trial

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Once jurors in the Michael Dunn trial are picked, one local attorney says they'll need to be prepared to change their daily routines.

"it's absolutely a change of lifestyle," said Richard Kuritz. He's a defense attorney, but also spent time as a prosecutor. He says sequestering a jury is critical, especially in high profile cases like this one. Dunn is accused in the November 2012 fatal shooting of 17-year-old Jordan Davis.

"Each side wants a fair trial. The constitutional rights of the defendant are preserved, and the State gets a fair trial," Kuritz said. "What the jury wants to focus on is only what is brought into evidence."

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To help make sure that happens, the jurors are kept in a hotel room when they're not in court. Bailiffs take the TVs, phones, even bibles, out of the room.

"It gets very boring," he said. "They can bring a book, but even that will be looked at by security to make sure it's appropriate," Kuritz added.

Also, the jurors are kept together almost all the time.

"You're going put 16 people together that have one thing in common -- this case", he said. "The one thing they cannot talk about is this case."

The trial is expected to last between 2 and 3 weeks.


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