High profile cases in the Justice System present unique challenges. The case of Kwame Kilpatrick, Detroit's former mayor, is no exception. Mr. Kilpatrick continues to make news as he approaches the date of his trial on racketeering charges. In a recent meeting with journalists, Kilpatrick claims that he cannot get a fair trial in Detroit because he has been unfairly persecuted for acts he never committed. Kilpatrick believes that there is no possible way a jury in Detroit will be unbiased when it is widely believed he stole millions from the city. Over 400 jurors have been given questionnaires regarding the case during recent jury selection.
We have all heard on tv and movies the phrase "beyond a reasonable doubt," but who really knows what it is? Beyond a reasonable doubt isn't just the standard that defense attorneys rattle off during a jury trial, it's the core of the American criminal justice system.