Jury in murder case scolded to keep it civil during civic duty

A judge scolded jurors in a murder and conspiracy trial after nearly four days of deliberating

November 14, 2013|By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun

Members of a Baltimore jury were reminded on Thursday to act civil toward each other as they continue to deliberate a murder and murder conspiracy trial that has kept them in close quarters for four days.

Thursday afternoon, a jury of eight black women, two black men, a white man and a white woman walked into the Baltimore City Circuit Judge Emanuel Brown's courtroom and sat down for a lecture on decorum.

The jurors had been debating the fates of three men who allegedly reacted to the killing of a family member by taking revenge on people throughout a neighborhood block. Robert G. Moore, 45, is on trial with his nephew, Quincy Chisholm, 22, and his brother, Anthony Roach, 36, in a series of shootings that killed one and wounded five others.

Moore and Roach both face conspiracy, murder and attempted murder charges. Chisholm faces conspiracy and attempted murder charges.

The trial has featured allegations that Moore vowed the "total obliteration" of the block he had targeted and that he and his crew plotted from prison to kill two Baltimore prosecutors, according to court arguments and filings.

Moore has objected to court proceedings and refused to recognize the judge's authority. He stopped cooperating with corrections officers assigned to bring him to court and the trial has been conducted without him. The trial has also included Brown holding two prosecutors in contempt of court this week — fining each $100 after they arranged an improper lunch meeting between two of their witnesses.

As the jury came in Thursday, Brown reminded them that no juror should be disrespected. He said none of the members were to use obscene language. He told them to respect each other and avoid confrontations or accusations.

"I trust that will not be the case from this point forward," Brown said.

Then he sent them back to deliberate on the case without saying what prompted the lecture. Prosecutors and defense attorneys declined to comment.



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