Liz Erk (lizerk) wrote,
Liz Erk
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"They ought to be ashamed. They're the ones that let a pedophile go..."

This AP story ran today regarding a couple of the Michael Jackson trial jurors who pretty much said they voted "not guilty" because the rest of the jury made them:


In this photo provided by MSNBC, Michael Jackson trial jurors Eleanor Cook, center and Ray Hultman talk ...

"No doubt in my mind whatsoever, that boy was molested, and I also think he enjoyed to some degree being Michael Jackson's toy," Cook said on MSNBC's "Rita Cosby: Live and Direct."

Their comments will have no bearing on the verdict, which prosecutors cannot appeal.

Cook and Hultman said they agreed to go along with the other jurors when it became apparent that they would never convict the pop star. The two denied being motivated by money and tried to explain why they were coming forward now.

"There were a lot of people that were interested in this case from day one. People expect to know what's going on with their justice system and how things work," Hultman said.

Added Cook: "I'm speaking out now because I believe it's never too late to tell the truth."

Cook and Hultman also alleged that jury foreman Paul Rodriguez threatened to have them kicked off the jury.

"He said if I could not change my mind or go with the group, or be more understanding, that he would have to notify the bailiff, the bailiff would notify the judge, and the judge would have me removed," Cook said in a transcript provided by MSNBC.

Hultman said he also felt threatened and didn't want to get kicked off the trial.

A call to Rodriguez was not returned. A jury foreman cannot remove other jurors just for disagreeing.

Cosby asked Cook if the other jurors will be angry with her.

"They can be as angry as they want to. They ought to be ashamed. They're the ones that let a pedophile go," responded Cook, 79.

Hultman, 62, told Cosby he was upset with the way other jurors approached the case: "The thing that really got me the most was the fact that people just wouldn't take those blinders off long enough to really look at all the evidence that was there."


What??? Isn't the point of being on a jury to voice your opinion and views based upon the evidence and case presented? And if you can't all come to a unanimous verdict you then all report to the judge a "hung jury?" Someone please correct me if I'm wrong here.

This line bothers me the most: "They can be as angry as they want to. They ought to be ashamed. They're the ones that let a pedophile go," responded Cook, 79.

You idiot. If that's what you believed while you were deliberating, then you let him go.

Added Cook: "I'm speaking out now because I believe it's never too late to tell the truth."

No, you're speaking out now because it's never too late to make a buck.

If I was the (supposedly) molested boy, I'd sue those two jurors for every cent they make on those books.

(Of course, when asked to comment on the situation Michael said, "They're ignorant and I'm free-heeeee!")

Tags: eleanor cook, michael jackson, msnbc, ray hultman, rita cosby
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