Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Family Secret jurors' names secret

U.S District Judge James Zagel yesterday granted a prosecution request to keep the names of jurors in the upcoming "Family Secrets" Chicago Mob trial confidential, according to a story by Steve Warmbir of the Chicago Sun-Times.

The defense objected, noting that jurors could be prejudiced against defendants by learning that the court felt it important to hide their identities. Judge Zagel said he would allow portions of the names of jury pool members to be revealed in order to give attorneys a clue about the ethnic background of prospective jurors.

More than a dozen accused Mafiosi will stand trial in the case, including Joseph "Joey the Clown" Lombardo, James "Little Jimmy" Marcello and Frank Calabrese Sr.

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