Gang member fights push for anonymous jury

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A reputed gang member who faces the death penalty is fighting prosecutors’ efforts to have an anonymous jury decide his fate.

Juan “Tito” Briseno of East Chicago is one of 24 reputed members of the Almighty Imperial Gangster Nation named in a federal indictment alleging they were responsible for 13 murders and 19 attempted murders.

The Times reports prosecutors want the identities of jurors at Briseno’s Jan. 12 trial kept from Briseno and the media to shield them from potential harassment or intimidation.

Briseno’s attorneys say keeping the names secret could deprive their client of an impartial jury.

Both sides have agreed to a questionnaire that would not reveal jurors’ identities but would provide extensive information about them and their thoughts about gangs, crime, drugs and other topics.

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Information from: The Times, http://www.thetimesonline.com

 

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