Concerns of jury influence helped move Mehserle case, experts say
Kara Dansky, executive director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center, is quoted in this story on changing the venue for the trial of former BART police officer, Johannes Mehserle, who is convicted of murder:
Although changing venues for criminal trials has become a rarity in the state, a decision by an Alameda County judge last week to move the murder case against a former BART police officer was not a surprise, criminal law professors and attorneys in the field said Monday.
Professors and attorneys said community outrage against the Jan. 1. killing almost assured the trial would be moved.
"Is there a county in California that did not have the extensive media coverage? It's hard to imagine that anyone in the state of California hasn't seen the videos," said Kara Dansky, executive director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center. "But it still remains that whatever community receives this case, the people in that community will not be concerned about the threat of violence in the wake of their verdict."