Day 7 with 17 possible – will there be backstrikes?
…or is it day 8?
Regardless, as of today, there are a total of 17 potential jurors and tomorrow we will learn if the trial will begin on Thursday.
Judge Belvin Perry would like to begin swearing in a panel tomorrow morning, beginning at 8:30. Prior to swearing, Judge Perry will ask the lawyers what “backstrikes” they would like to use to get rid of jurors they do not like.
This could put a monkey wrench in the plans; each side has eight preemptive strikes to use. Attorneys have the right to hold off and backstrike a potential juror at any time prior to their swearing-in.
Will the defense use all of their preemptive challenges and drill down the panel to 9 jurors left, thereby delaying the start of the trial? The defense could do that, but it would not be very smart.
If either side uses up all of their challenges, it would allow the other side to select a panel over any objections.
We can hope that neither the defense or the state chooses to strike too many, thus allowing the trial to begin on Thursday.
If jury selection concludes tomorrow, the jury will be sworn right away and will likely be taken to Orlando later in the day. The Judge would like to allow the panel to have a full day off before the trial begins in earnest.
Tomorrow will inform us when this show will go on the road back to Orlando!
Justice is coming, Caylee!