Sunday 21 January 2018

Here's what the jury heard - your verdict?

The jury did its duty on the Jobstown case, while the establishment trashed civilised values, writes Gene Kerrigan

Tom Halliday
Tom Halliday

Let's put ourselves in the position of a juror in the Jobstown case. Since the case was long and unwieldy, let's look at the evidence the jury heard about the actions of just one of the accused.

Opening a trial transcript at random, I chose the first accused I saw mentioned - Scott Masterson. Checking every reference to Mr Masterson in the 40 transcripts tells us what the jury heard about him over nine painstaking weeks.

The jury's verdict was based on evidence, not their feelings about people or their political affiliations. And that standard should apply to everyone involved - including the gardai.

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