“I have always been extremely proud of the honorable service that our jurors perform.They are good people who base their decisions on the evidence and the law … “I have no basis to believe that juror intimidation is a factor in the result of any recent criminal trials,” said State’s Attorney John Smriga.
But while Perez said he respects their opinions, after four not guilty verdicts in a row in three murder cases and one attempted murder case involving the Green Boyz, he is sticking to his guns.
“It’s my opinion there is a definite correlation between the gang members sitting in the courtroom staring at the jurors and the verdicts,” Perez maintains. On Thursday night he said one person suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound in the Trumbull Gardens housing project that was gang-related and connected with the four not guilty cases.
less Jamal Hamilton, 24, is arraigned on charges at Superior Court in Bridgeport, Conn.
on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 for the June shooting that killed Savonie Mc Neil, 37, of Shelton, and wounded eight others at ...
And there is no question gang members have been doing that, filling the spectator sections of the Main Street courtrooms while the trials have been going on, staring at both witnesses and jurors.However, proving that jurors have been intimidated into rendering not guilty verdicts is another matter.