Is it possible for an impartial jury to be selected in Ada County for a case so well-known?
That depends on whom you talk to.
Boise defense attorney D.C. Carr thinks it would be difficult, considering the publicity and the raw emotion much of the community seems to be feeling over the case.
"With this situation, with the small child as such a sympathetic victim, I think they are going to have a really hard time finding a fair and impartial jury," said Carr, who used to work for the Ada County public defender's office. "There have been stories every day, and that has led to a lot of fingerpointing at (Jenkins and Ehrlick on blogs and Web sites) even before they were arrested. There is so much emotion surrounding this case."
But Boise defense attorney David Leroy, a former Idaho attorney general, said he believes it is possible to pick a local jury, especially since huge groups of potential jurors can be sorted out for prejudice against either side by asking them to fill out questionnaires prior to actual jury selection.
He said he has faith that many people in Ada County who know about the case are capable of forming opinions based strictly on evidence.
Vanrijngo says this is all pretty sick and stinks to high heaven my friends. From what I've seen myself on TV, and what I've heard from people following this case on the news, most all have pretty much found in their own minds and souls this mother and boy friend already guilty. Judging from what has been brought out by Boise's Law enforcement spokesman, police chief Kerns, and all the local news reporters, most sounding to me as also having them hung for the crime as they are reporting to the public. Most I'd say have already condemned them, while not even considering they are not guilty until proven guilty by a court of law. What a Frigging Joke! I thought of switching over to see if the story had reach fox news yet and by golly it had, Nancy Grace on Fox news had some breaking news from Idaho, one of the first evenings of the reporting, that an eight year old young boy had just gone missing, and she stated the mother and boy friend could possibly be suspects in the disappearance, more on that as it comes in.
I figure this travesty of possible injustice needs to be apologized for, say by a few respectable parties in Idaho's Government, and the Boise City employees and officials who are possibly involved,.... I believe whoever the ones in knowing and quite possibly involved in this railroading if true will have a little bout with karma. I would like to mention and bring up what could be assume to be Karma. A neighbor of mine who had moved away quite a few years back, may have been responsible for poisoning my favorite cat, which he had tried to catch & to killed many time. He had only move down the street and crossed the tracks while I believe my cat new exactly where he had moved to. I read in the paper a few months to a year after my cats death which I believed to be from poison meat because he made it back home before he died. Well to make a short story shorter, this ex-neighbor man was tragically killed himself while crossing the road in front of his parked car. He was hurrying to get to the other side of the roadway to help an other accident victim from a bad car accident in the mountains. This very unfortunate happening happened as he himself was struck and killed by a passing motorist.