Monday, September 3, 2012

Sartorial Jurors Seek Limelight

FILE - July 31, 2012   Unusual juror conduct was underfoot in the murder case of former Bolingbrook, Ill., police officer Drew Peterson, who is charged in the 2004 death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. For more than a month, the jurors at Peterson's trial have caused a stir by been coming into court wearing matching clothes _ all yellow one day; other days black, blue and green. They’ve even filed in wearing alternating red, white and blue. And the coordinated attire hasn’t been just about color. Once, it was all business suits. Then there was the day they all wore jerseys from sports teams _ mostly Bears and White Sox, though one was a Green Bay Packers shirt, and none for the Cubs. "If they came in wearing T-shirts saying 'Drew's Guilty,' it'd be different," said Lisa Lopez. "I think it means they are unified about coming to a decision."   One thing seemed clear.  This jury was making a group statement in calling attention to the usually anonymous, background role of the jury, and reminding all parties that they were making the final decision about the guilt or innocence of Mr. Peterson.

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