Justice Bryan Sykes laid down the law to the 12 jurors who starts the hearing evidence in the Vybz Kartel murder case, ordering them to not research any previously published information on the matter.
Sykes asked jurors to bring it to his attention if any among their number is found doing so.
Sykes did not say what the result would be if any juror is found to be in breach. However, some lawyers have opined that offending jurors could be expelled from the panel.
But one attorney questioned whether Sykes would go as far as expelling jurors from the panel, given the struggle over the past four days to select the 12 due to the persistent issue of jury shortage.
Sykes also told the jurors that they are to disregard anything they might have heard or read about the matter previously, adding, “What you read and heard largely consist of inaccurate information.”
Sykes also placed a gag on both the lawyers for the prosecution and defence, barring them from talking to the media about the case until it has concluded.
Kartel, whose real name is Adidjah Palmer, will be tried along with Nigel Thompson and Lenburgh McDonald for the July 12, 2011 shooting murder of Portmore, St Catherine resident Barrington ‘Bossie’ Bryan.
Kartel is represented by Tom and Chris Tavares-Finson, while McDonald is represented by Michael Deans. Thompson is represented by Tamika Harris.
Reference: Jamaica Observer