Wone memories linger to new case
It seems the legacy of the Robert Wone conspiracy trial continues to linger over the D.C. Superior courthouse.
The judge who oversaw the trial of three roommates accused of doctoring the crime scene and covering up for Wone's killer is starting up another high-profile trial.
In the new trial, five men are accused in a 2008 D.C. gang killing. This trial, like the Wone trial, is expected to last weeks, so picking a jury is not going to be easy.
Well, the Wone case is making it even harder.
On Monday, during the first day of jury selection for the murder trial in Judge Lynn Leibovitz’s courtroom, a man was being interviewed as a prospective juror. The judge and attorneys on both sides were shocked when the man said he could not serve on the jury because he did not want to sit in Leibovitz’s courtroom. The reason: He did not respect the judge based on how she handled the Wone conspiracy trial, according to sources who were there.
A bit flustered, Leibovitz ultimately agreed to dismiss the man from the pool. Sources say attorneys hope to complete picking a jury for the upcoming trial by Thursday — that is unless they uncover more Leibovitz critics.
Through a spokeswoman, Leibovitz declined to comment on the juror.
Incidentally, there was no jury in the Wone case. It was a bench trial and Liebovitz acquitted the three men who lived at 1509 Swann St. NW, where Wone was fatally stabbed in 2006. No one ever has been charged with killing the once-promising lawyer.
-- Keith L. Alexander
Washington Post editors
August 31, 2010; 11:34 AM ET
Categories: From the Courthouse , Homicide , Keith L. Alexander , The District
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