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Judge Denies Motion To Sequester Jury Ahead Of Trial

September 14, 2011 by John Rook

The trial of accused murderer Joshua Komisarjevsky is scheduled to begin on Monday, Sept. 19, but not before Judge Jon Blue considers the latest rounds of defense motions.
Earlier this week, Blue denied the defense's request to have the jury for the trial sequestered, citing the large amount of media attention the case has garnered. In the motion, Komisarjevsky's attorney's argued that jurors would undoubtedly return home after hearing testimony and be inundated with print and broadcast stories about the trial.
However, on Tuesday, Blue stated that it would unfair to "spring this" on the jury, stating that they had been selected in March and such an action would probably not be well received by the jury.
This was yet the latest in a series of motions the defense has filed in lead up to the trial of their client, who is charged with the murder of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, Hayley and Michaela, during a home invasion in July 2007. Steven Hayes, allegedly Komisarjevsky's accomplice in the crime, was tried and convicted last year, ultimately receiving the death penalty.
Blue will hear arguments in regards to one last motion by the defense team, in which they are asking for a change of venue. Blue indicated on Tuesday that he did not see any reason for such action, but stated that he would allow the defense to present their position on Friday.

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