Washington, District of Columbia 2021-06-23 06:23:41 –
The jury selection will begin Wednesday as the second part of the trial for a man who killed five people at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland in 2018.
Jarod Ramos pleaded guilty to him in 2019 for all 23 counts, but claimed he was not criminally liable for his mental health.
The first pool of 300 potential juries was selected for consideration to fill the jury’s 12 seats and some agents after the case of turning three years old next week was delayed. According to the survey responses, about 50 of them have already been dismissed. The proceedings are being filed in the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court in the small capital of Maryland.
Judge Michael Wachs will call about 50 jury candidates each morning and about 50 in the afternoon this week until a jury is appointed.
Ross Suter, Senior Vice President of Litigation Solutions at Magna Legal Services, described this as a unique case during a pandemic, creating the challenge of choosing a jury in a case that is gaining attention in a small community.
“They will be looking for people who are really fair, rational, listenable and able to make decisions,” Suter said.
Under Maryland’s Madness Defense Act, the defendant is responsible for demonstrating by superiority of evidence that he is not criminally liable for his actions. State law states that the defendant will not be liable for criminal acts if he lacks the substantive ability to assess the criminality of his acts due to mental or developmental disabilities.
“In my understanding, achieving it and making it successful is a difficult defense,” Suter said.
The opening statement is scheduled for next week, the day after the third anniversary of the shooting in the Capital Gazette.
If Ramos turns out not to be criminally liable, he will be admitted to a mental hospital with maximum security rather than a prison.
Ramos, 41, pleaded guilty to killing John McNamara, Gerald Fishman, Wendy Winters, Rob Hiaasen and Rebecca Smith in an attack on the newsroom on June 28, 2018.
He had a well-documented history of harassing newspaper journalists. He filed a proceeding against the treatise in 2012 for defaming an article about his conviction in a 2011 criminal harassment case. The defamation proceeding was dismissed as groundless.
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