Ross Harris Trial Jury Questions 1 and 2 11/08/16 | Summary and Q&A

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Ross Harris Trial Jury Questions 1 and 2 11/08/16

TL;DR

The transcript discusses the availability of the defendant's statement in the court's video and the debate over whether a legal definition of "wanton" should be provided.

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Questions & Answers

Q: Where is the defendant's statement available?

The defendant's statement is available in the court's video and not in transcript form. It must be viewed in the courtroom.

Q: Is there a legal definition of "wanton"?

The state argues that there is no specific legal definition of "wanton" and suggests giving it its ordinary meaning. The defense requests a definition, but the judge denies the request.

Q: Why does the defense request additional instructions on criminal negligence?

The defense foresaw the issue of criminal negligence and believes that additional instructions on this should be given to the jury.

Q: Does the judge agree to provide a definition of "wanton"?

The judge refuses to provide a definition of "wanton" as it is a word with no specific legal significance and should be interpreted by the jury based on the average person's knowledge.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • The defendant's statement is available in the court's video, not in transcript form.

  • The state argues that there is no legal definition of "wanton," but it should be given its ordinary meaning in the context of the case.

  • The defense requests additional instructions on criminal negligence and the definition of "wanton," but the judge refuses.

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