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Levy trial jury is finalized

Update, 3:30 p.m.:

Lawyers and the judge have finalized the jury. It is composed of four men and 12 women. Six are African-American. One is Asian-American and the rest are white. Four will be chosen as alternates when the panel begins deliberations.

Original Post:
Jury selection in the trial of the man charged with killing Chandra Levy, which was expected to conclude Friday, hit a snag when two jurors failed to return to the courtroom.

D.C. Superior Court Judge Gerald Fisher and the attorneys narrowed the field of potential jurors to 41 Thursday, and they expected to complete the job of picking 16 people to hear the case on Friday.

Santha Sonenberg, attorney for the accused Ingmar Guandique, said Friday she received noticed that one of the prospective jurors tweeted a note after yesterday's hearing. The juror sent a tweet that read "Guilty. Guilty. I say now. I will not be swayed. Practicing for jury duty," according to Sonenberg.

The juror was called up to a bench conference with Judge Gerald Fisher and the attorneys.

It was unclear what was said because Fisher turned on a husher. After a discussion of approximately 10 minutes, the juror returned to the group of 38.

-- Keith L. Alexander

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By Washington Post Editors  | October 22, 2010; 3:30 PM ET
Categories:  Chandra Levy, From the Courthouse, Homicide, Keith L. Alexander, The District, Updates  
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Comments

Who did the juror tweet and how did the accused's attorney find out??? To keep this juror in the pool will result in a mistrial for sure...

Posted by: pentagon40 | October 22, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Who did the juror tweet and how did the accused's attorney find out??? To keep this juror in the pool will result in a mistrial for sure...she will not be selected...

Posted by: pentagon40 | October 22, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse


Levy was killed when al Qaeda attacked Condit. Condit was the senior ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. Al Qaeda attacked him when he was with Levy. Levy lunged for the gun and the terrorist shot her instead of Condit.

The rest is made up to prevent the public from learning about America's secret war with al Qaeda. Just over four months later on 9/11, it would make no difference, but they had already begun the public explanation.

It is an example of a tragic incident in American intelligence which continues forward even though the purpose for which the cover story was created no longer exists.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 22, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure which is dumber. Subscribing to twitter or using it.

To paraphrase a well-known adage (Mark Twain, I believe, among others) "One can keep quiet and risk being thought a fool... or one can set one's fingers to typing and sending and remove all doubt."

Posted by: nan_lynn | October 22, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

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