Recently, an unarmed 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, was shot and killed by a police officer. The situation has played out over national news, giving the entire country a glimpse into what may have happened and turning many people against the police officer who shot the teen.
In Minnesota and across the nation, there is a presumption of innocence that is supposed to protect the accused. However, with 24-hour news coverage of major homicides and other cases, many people – including potential jurors – may begin to form an opinion before an investigation or trial even begins.
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