Constitutional lawyer Jonathan Turley joined America’s Newsroom on Wednesday to react to lawyers for Alex Murdaugh demanding a new trial and said allegations of jury tampering should be taken “very seriously.”
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JONATHAN TURLEY: I must say that I have been watching the trials for a long time. I was basically a criminal defense attorney for the past few years, I haven’t seen such evidence in many cases. That is, in terms of jury tampering allegations, it’s pretty serious. I mean, juries are really locked in this highly protected cocoon that is the court. What is alleged here by (Clerk Rebecca) Hill goes way over the line. I think the court has no choice but to take this very seriously and hold a hearing.
Lawyers for Alex Murdaugh sought a new trial on Tuesday in a bombshell motion filed in Columbia, South Carolina, that alleges the court clerk rigged jurors so they could enter into a book deal.
Colleton County Court Clerk Rebecca Hill wrote the memoir “Behind the Gates of Justice: The Murdaugh Murders,” which hit bookstores August 1.
Hill pressured jurors to “reach a speedy verdict” and had “frequent private conversations with the foreman” to sway the jury toward a guilty verdict, attorneys Dick Harpootlian and Jim Harpootlian wrote. Griffin in the folder.
“Ms. Hill did these things to get a book deal and media appearances that wouldn’t happen if the trial were misplaced,” the filing said. “Ms. Hill betrayed her oath of office for money and fame.”
Fox News’ Rebecca Rosenberg contributed to this report
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