Friday 24 November 2017

DPP weighs up pitfalls facing Anglo trial jury

The prospect of a jury "coming apart at the seams" in the upcoming lengthy trial of former Anglo Irish Bank executives is being considered by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The trial of the bank's former chairman Sean FitzPatrick and two former directors was mentioned at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, with the judge asking whether anything was being done with respect to issues that may arise for juries during the trial.

The trial could take up to six months and involve 24 million documents in evidence and could raise difficulties with respect to preventing a jury from "coming apart at the seams", Judge Mary Ellen Ring said.

A trial date has already been set for January 13, 2014.

Irish Independent

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