Tuesday, August 24, 1999

Some jury prospects in video trial object to watching

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — About one-third of 60 potential jurors in an obscenity trial were excused within the first two hours of jury selection Monday after several said they couldn't stand to watch the alleged obscene videos.

        “I don't think it's right for me to watch it,” Juror No. 382 told Butler County Common Pleas Judge Matthew J. Crehan. “I have strong religious objections to watching it.”

        That juror was excused, as were others who voiced similar concerns.

        Potential jurors in the case against Millville Video Inc. are being addressed by number only.

        Owners of the store are accused of pandering obscenity. The charges stem from three videos: Man Made, Agony of Arianna and Story of Ouch.

        If convicted, the store could be fined.

        Juror identification by number occasionally created confusion — and brought a few laughs. “Are you 267?” Butler County Assistant Prosecutor Daniel Gattermeyer asked one man who wasn't responding to him.

        “No, I'm 306,” the man replied.

        “Well, at least I didn't butcher your name,” Mr. Gattermeyer said.

        Jury selection was completed Monday, and the trial will resume today.


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